Google Now adds World Cup information (update: widely available now)
The football World Cup is starting in just a week, and Google wants to help you stay on top of all the games with some helpful Google Now cards.
Just like it did with the other big sports event of the year, the Winter Olympics, Google is feeding FIFA World Cup info into its Now algorithms, as discovered by redditor cheeto0. Here’s a video by cheeto0, showing part of the functionality:
You can inquire about a team’s upcoming games, results, and standing in its group. Asking “when does USA play?” shows the time and location of the game, the opposing team, and a link to a “match preview”, which we assume takes you to a Google News page.
We haven’t been able to get the new feature to work on our devices, but it’s probably just a matter of time. Two commenters (from the UK and Hungary) on the Reddit thread reported that feature works for them as well.
Update: it’s live for all users now, as per Google.
How about you? Try asking Google Now about your national team (assuming it’s qualified…) and let us know about the results.