Your bills won’t pay themselves, so Google Now will remind you about them

by: Edgar CervantesMay 16, 2014

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Bills, bills, bills. They consume our month’s paychecks, especially when we forget to pay them and those nasty late fees show up! We all have our ways of keeping track of bills an payments, but Google wants you to get rid of all those archaic methods and opt for their virtual assistant, which will do all the work for you.

Google Now’s new ability brings bill reminders, a tool that will make sure you keep tabs on your payments. You know, just in case the snail mail, emails, and any other notices don’t work. How does Google even know, though? Sorcery, I say!

Not quite, but Google does have its sneaky ways to get your bill information. After all, Google is the master of searching. All Google Now needs to do is search through your emails and determine which ones are bill/payment related. It then transforms the details into helpful Google Now Cards.

How does it look?

The Google Now card is rather simple. It simply shows the bill title (name of the company you owe money to), the amount owed, due date and an option allowing you to view the email regarding the bill. Like so:


You can then choose whether you want to see more bills from said company or not.

The future of Google Now

Google Now may not be as funny as Siri or as “cool” as Cortana, but it does offer amazing functionality. It’s very hard to beat Google’s information resources. They hold the most popular email client, the biggest mobile OS and Google Search (pretty much the internet’s homepage).

Having these services gives Google Now a titanic advantage, allowing it to get more integrated and fun features. We can tell Google has been working a lot on improving Google Now. Most recently, the digital assistant recently learnt to show you what surrounding stores offer items you have recently searched for.

Google Now is very important for Android’s future and these bill reminders are only proof of what this service can become.

  • number29

    My bills do pay themselves; isn’t that what direct debits are for? Sounds like a solution looking for a problem.

    • Andras LOHF

      Not everyone uses direct debits. If fact most people do not.

      • number29

        Do you have any statistics to backup that assertion?

        According to the website, over half of UK bill payers pay their bills by direct debit

        • Andras LOHF

          …and yet this study states this Definitely not getting into a pissing contest over useless studies.

          • number29

            That’s a study of US consumers, and I believe the US is generally quite behind in terms of banking saviness (no chip and pin etc) in comparison to other developed nations.

          • Andras LOHF

            Totally agree. There are still some billing services here that don’t offer auto pay. Personally I don’t know of many people that use auto pay and of the ones that do(myself included) do not use it for every bill. The Google Now card could still come in handy in both of these cases. US could definitely use some getting out of it’s own way and catch up with the rest of the developed world in electronic payment services.

          • number29

            I can’t think of any bill I don’t pay by direct debit. Mortgage, council tax, water rates, gas/electricity, home phone & broadband, mobile phone, credit card to name a few.

    • dejesuswilson

      I pay my bills by direct debit. I’m not even in a first world country. But this is nice for those who don’t.

      • ash

        I don’t pay bills on direct debit. Think beyond US. And there will be many people with same results. It’s useful in case we missed to see that mail example my postpaid mobile bill.

        • dejesuswilson

          I know! It is a nice app!

  • doode

    I’ve always wondered why this wasn’t implemented before. I mean honestly Google Now is already scanning our emails for packages(and other reasons) so why not keep expanding it into areas like this? That way at least uers get more utility for the prying.