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New Google Search Update Introduces Bundle of New Google Now Cards For Car Rentals, Concert Tickets, and More


Late last night, Google announced that a new update to Google Search would be rolling out as early as today that includes a bundle of new Google Now cards. We’re looking at new cards for car rental reservations, concert tickets, a card for commute sharing, and NCAA football scores, along with revamped transit and TV cards. 

The transit, NCAA football, car rental, and concert tickets all sound exactly like you’d expect them to be. But this new commute sharing card sounds quite interesting. Using Google+ location services that you have shared with friends, you can now inform friends and family if and when you have left for your typical commute to or from work. [more info]

The TV card now lists out music that is playing during shows you are watching and can tell you about the news mentioned in the program.

Last, you can set reminders for music artists, movie actors, filmmakers and TV shows on Google as you search for them. You should now see options to set reminders depending on which you are searching for.

The update is massive and again, should start rolling out today. As soon as you see it, let us know!

Update:  Here is the manual download. [via]


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Here is the full list with descriptions:

Car rentals card: Get reservation details and directions to the rental center directly in Google Now, which together with the boarding pass and hotel reservation cards, makes Google Now your ultimate travel companion.

Concert ticket card: Going to a concert? Google Now will have your event ticket ready when you arrive at the venue; along with popular, locally relevant websites, such as the upcoming events page for the venue.

Improved public transit cards: If you regularly take public transit, Google Now will now inform you about the last train or bus to home so you never miss it.

Commute sharing card: When leaving work, you can now choose to inform your loved ones that you are on your way home.

Set reminders while you search: When searching for music artists, movie actors, filmmakers and TV shows on Google, you’ll see a new “remind me” button on the panel by the search results. Click on it and a Google Now reminder will show up for new albums, book releases or upcoming TV episodes.

Updated TV card: Google Now can tell you about the news mentioned and music playing in the TV show you’re watching, in addition to program information and people mentioned in show. Simply tap on the TV card if you have a smart TV or tap on the mic and say “listen to TV”.

NCAA football scores: Football season is about to start, and Google Now has you covered–you can now see real-time scores for your favorite NCAA team in Google Now.

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  • Hothfox

    How long should I wait to see if Commute Sharing is working? I enabled it, boyfriend enabled it, we both show up in each other’s list of people sharing updates with each other. In Google+, we’re both added as sharing pinpoint location, and his location updates in Google+ Locations, but I did not see a card for him today when he left home.

    • Jay Wilhelm

      Same issue here. I have asked in the communities on G+ and others are also having this issue. I guess it just hasn’t hit our devices yet.

      • Hothfox

        I did notice on the app in the Play Store that it says that feature is rolling out gradually. Hopefully it’ll be here soon on ours.

  • Butt Crack

    What is the deal with Google Now and NFL games? Why can’t I get any information on upcoming games? They have had every MLB game, but not football?

    • Shane Redman

      They don’t do pre-season

    • michael arazan

      Try your local Sports Radio Station. My Local Sports Radio sends out free text messages about games and scores. for MLB and NFL for our local teams

      • Butt Crack

        I do, but it’s messed up that Google will cover EVERY MLB game, including preseason, but won’t have the same courtesy for NFL. I remember last year they didn’t start covering games until like the 2nd or 3rd week of the season for NFL.

  • jnt

    This is pretty cool… but they really need to update it to make it more voice interactive – the “ok google now” stuff on the new Moto lineup is kinda pointless for actually executing activities (texting, calling, calendar, for example) when you have to follow up with physical interaction on the phone.

    • LionStone

      I’d much rather follow up with a physical action (one tap), rather than siri that just sends the message… half the time I have to decipher wth my buddy is trying to say because he uses siri

      • jnt

        Siri prompts you before sending, as does S-Voice… but they both allow you to TELL it yes or no or edit (in S-voice’s case). I don’t disagree with you in general. But since it’s being pushed as a touchless experience on the new devices, it would be nice if it truly was. All “ok google now” really does right now is delay the inevitable picking up of your phone by saving you a swipe or tap to open it up. It’s cool, don’t get me wrong, but not tremendously useful yet, in the context of a touchless experience.

        • LionStone

          Ok, then he is just really bad in editing siri’s mistakes, haha! I get what you’re saying. I think Google is trying to expand the experience in more areas, then later fine tune those little things.

          • jnt

            Well in his defense (though you’re probably right), if you want to edit Siri’s guess at your text, you either have to start over completely, or edit it by hand. S-Voice on the S4 will actually let you say “edit” and then let you say the edited message. So he probably just says “screw it, go ahead and send” a majority of the time to avoid the hassle… 😛

    • José

      What’s the version on this one? Is it higher than v2.7.9??

  • Just set a reminder for Homeland season premiere. Sooo easy.
    “Thanks Google Now!”
    ‘You’re welcome Dave’

    • michael arazan

      TV Series Guide APP, great free app to keep up with every TV Show so you don’t miss an episode

  • Google Now has come a long way since it launched with Android 4.1 over a year ago. It’s become my own personal assistant. Yeah, it’s a little creepy at times, but it’s so damn useful.

  • Brian Wolfman

    NCAA football was added before not too long ago

    • Higher_Ground

      Yeah but they didn’t have all the teams. They’ve finally got mine on there now.

      • michael arazan

        Pretty sad when you can’t even find Big 12 schools like Mizzou or Notre Dame, or OU Sooners,

      • Brian Wolfman

        wierd, i thought i found ohio in there (and theyre in the mac!). oh well, glad its all good now.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I can’t tell you how many times i’ve heard a background song playing and wanted to know what it is. Thank you google. it’s nice to see reservation details, but i’d actually like to reserve a seat using my voice. I guess its a security problem. Cue the fingerprint scanners.

    • NexusPhan69

      With the always listening feature of the Moto X and new droids, google should be able to have the song already showing up in a card on google now automatically without having to ask.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        While thats a cool idea, that would be a new level of creep. I’m glad it only listens for key words. For now.

        • NexusPhan69

          I feel like it’s no different. It has to capture and analyze every word as it is. Might as well put some of it to good use. It already does something similar with TV being watched.

  • jbdan

    Don’t use gnow on phone because of Google services wake lock issues, but love it on my N7. Still waiting for keep, Chrome, and hangout updates!

    • Android Police has the APKs available for download for this, Keep, and Hangouts. Go grab them. Nobody seems to have come across the Chrome APK yet, though.

      • jbdan

        Beautiful and I thank you!

    • Justin Kos

      I cleared data and cache, and used CPU spy to see if my phone went into deep sleep, it does… Try that

      • jbdan

        Thanks I will

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