If you’re a casual Android user, you may see Google Now pop up on your phone without knowing how you can get the most out of it. Re/code’s Lauren Goode has put together a list of 10 essential tips for Google Now users who may not realize just how much Google’s personal voice assistant can do for them.
Some of the tricks are fairly obvious — most of us know that Google Now can give us sports scores for our favorite teams and Google Now’s ability to remember your parking space was very well publicized — but some of them are things that you might not know or that you might have heard about and subsequently overlooked.
Among other things, Goode highlights the benefits — yes, there actually are some — of regularly using Google+ in conjunction with Google Now. If you’ve set your smartphone to automatically load up all of your pictures to Google+, you can then bring them all at once by talking through Google Now. So for instance, if you took a bunch of vacation pictures in Montreal two weeks ago, you can say to Google Now, “Show me all of my photos from Montreal” and they’ll appear instantly as a gallery.
Another cool Google Now trick highlighted by Goode is the ability to understand the context of what you’re saying through multiple sentences instead of just understanding each sentence on a case-by-case basis. So for instance if you say, “What was the title of Nirvana’s first album?” Google Now will reply and tell you it was “Bleach.” If you then say, “What was the title of their second one?” Google will let you know that it was “Nevermind” without you having to specify that you’re looking for a Nirvana album title.