Forget the archaic clock app, set your timers with Google Now!
Google Now continues to get better with every update. We have recently reported on Google Now bill reminders, camera actions and notifications on recently searched product availability in nearby stores. What is next? A feature that should have been here long ago – setting the timer.
Simply Open Google Now and activate a voice command. After that, you can just say things like “Set timer for 5 minutes”, or “set timer for 7 am”. Google Now will then take care of all the work. Like any other action, you can cancel it before the progress bar reaches its completion.
This may not sound like a huge deal, but it is if you have been using Google Now for some time. Especially if you use it for setting your alarms. These alarms keep building up on your clock app, forcing you to go in and clear them every so often. This wouldn’t be the case if you used a timer for the alarms you don’t keep permanently!
Timer support is really that feature that should have been there since the beginning. It is late, but it is also very welcomed!
Google Now in the future
Just like Google Now is improving within Android, I expect it to expand in the whole mobile industry. I would like to see more apps taking advantage of it. How about telling Facebook to check in at a restaurant? Or telling Hangouts to message someone? Maybe take advantage of your TV remote features via Google Now? These are only a few ideas.
It’s also important to mention Google Now has been expanding to other platforms. Chrome and Chromebooks can now take advantage of limited Google Now functionality. Maybe thermostats, appliances and self-driving cars will get the digital assistant treatment at some point. Now that sounds like a promising future. I know I will be first in line to test it out!