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Google Search Update Lets Google Know Which One of Your Contacts is Your Mother

Think that Google doesn’t know enough about your life already? With the latest update to Google Search, family ties will be added in to the growing list of info that Google has stashed on you. Thanks to the update, specific contacts can now be saved as Mom, Dad, Sister, Wife and so on and so forth. Following the update, you can simply state, “Ok Google, call Mom” and it will do it for you (after you have set it up). But this begs the question, why wouldn’t you have your mother’s phone number on speed dial already? Bad child.

As it is now, this is an opt-in service. In order to opt-in, all you need to do is open Google Search, say “OK Google, call Mom.” You will then be prompted to say “Yes, I’m in,” followed by a question of, “Who is your mom?” You can set your mom, sister, brother, wife, dad, etc. from there. This is another step forward for Google Now, showing that Google isn’t slowing down with the innovations to this new information platform.

Go update the app and add your momma in there.

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Via: +Google
Cheers Mike!
  • Solomon

    If you have multiple siblings it doesn’t seem to work…

    And there are no options to customize the recognition… especially if they pulled up the wrong contact for the designation.

  • droidrazredge

    I do not want Google asking me “How I met your mother”

  • J Dub

    It already did this. My wife’s nickname in my contacts is “wife”. Several weeks back I was driving, said OK Google, call my wife. It asked me what number to call. I said mobile. Then it called her.

  • Morris

    Why would I have my mother’s name other than Mom or Mommy or something? Same for my father.

  • addicuss

    annnnnnnnnd queue all the idiots screaming that Google is evil and snoops on you too much

  • dmgdroid

    Now we just need to figure out how to edit these just in case the girlfiend and I don’t make it.

  • stickler

    unbelievably nitpicky, but that’s not how “beg the question” is used 🙂

  • Bill Anderson

    Is there anyway to set the default phone number? I set up my wife, now when I go “Call my wife” it pops open a screen to choose between mobile and work. I just want it to call mobile…

    • Jake

      A long time ago it did exactly what you describe; if you set a default it would call that number. You could also say “call (contact’s name) at mobile [or home, work, etc.]” and it would know to call that number. When they added “conversational mode” that stopped working. With this recent update, it appears that you can now do the second thing I mentioned again (“call so-and-so at mobile”).

      • Raven

        Oh, that ticked me off when that quit working and I had quit trying to do it. I guess I will have to try again next time I call my wife from my car.

  • muscal

    I just tried dialing Angela on her phone. A guy by the name of G-Rad picked up. He has no affiliation with Google. HAHAHAH.

  • Geekout

    Accidentally set the wrong contact as wife (yes, the irony). any way to change that at this point?

    • Robert Macri

      I hope you set a guy as your wife and not your wife’s hot friend. Anyway, I haven’t found a way to change it yet.

  • archercc

    How do you manage it? So if you wanted to delete one like girlfriend after a breakup.

  • Maximus

    So what happens when your phone and wallet are stolen…and you say “Text Wife, what’s my pin number again?” and she texts it back? Pretty sure this already happened with a text message. This is why contacts should NEVER have names that identify relationship.

    • Intellectua1

      Do people really forget the pin to their cards and ones wife would have to be an idiot to text that kinda info..

      • Maximus

        People are generally stupid. And in the time where people tattoo their social security number on their arms (I’ve seen it) yes, they are that forgetful.

  • Intellectua1

    What if I call my girlfriend big momma

  • Chris

    Well my mother has been dead for 22 years so….

  • Justin Duncan

    Not sure if anyone knew this but ask google now what does the fox say!

  • Stephen Bain

    The title of this article should have been “How Google Now met your Mother”

  • flosserelli

    Fantastic. Now I can say “Ok Google, call that crackhead b!tch” when I pick up my son for the weekend.

    • Raven

      Yeah, I already had my wife listed as my Spouse under Google contacts, but it didn’t seem to make the connection.

  • Tyson Atwood

    I’ve always had “Mom” and “Dad” listed as a nickname, so this doesn’t really change much. You can essentially add any sort of callout to a contact just by adding to the nickname field.

  • Guest

    Had 3 contacts named “Wife”. All of which are my wife’s different numbers for work. Still had to pick which contact was wife. good option but possibly poor execution.

    • sirmeili

      Why not add different numbers for the one contact instead of 3 contacts?

  • Stojr

    What’s the big deal, Facebook already knows who my whole family tree is, so does ancestry and btw it is all a matter of public record anyway… 🙂

    • Maximus

      Then why hide behind a display name at all? Why not post your full name on every website?

      • Stojr

        because i am not telling the entire internet who my mom is and who i am i am telling a google application, which already knows my email, schedule, etc. who my mom is…

  • RTR2011

    This has the potential to be kinda creepy.

    • Uchendu Nwachuku

      “Potential”? It’s already there.

  • brkshr

    Can set your girlfriend/boyfriend as well

    Edit: I also never got the “Yes, I’m in” screen. Just asked me who they were.

    • sirmeili

      I don’t think so. I tried Fiance and it didn’t work either. It did ask to say the name of the contact, but it didn’t actually create the link. Every time I say it it asks that same thing. Then again, I don’t really see myself ever saying “Call my Fiance, Call my GF, call my Wife, etc). Mom, Dad, Grampa, Grandma, sure, but the others just seem odd since I normally call them by their names.

      • brkshr

        Girlfriend works for me. I like it because my GF and my cousin have the same name. So now I don’t have to specify which one. It just calls my GF.

        Edit: It will let me set fiance as well.

      • brkshr

        Are you not in the U.S.? I’m hearing that some people out of the country don’t have this functionality.

        • sirmeili

          I am in the US and Mom works and Wife worked, but Fiance did not. LIke I said though, I’m more apt to say “Call Sara” than I am to say “Call My Wife” or “call My fiance”… I was just using “Fiance” as a test and it would not link. It did with Wife and now it shows “wife” under her name.

  • clay

    pretty simple answer actually, i switched my family contacts to their full names. i was getting conflicts on their contact info from google with their name, and clashing with ‘mom’ or ‘dad’. i welcome this change fully.

  • Prime7

    Wait til it gets it wrong. “OK Google, call Wife.” And then it calls someone else. Hope your couch is comfy.

  • Jeralmac

    What if you have 2 brothers or sisters? Or Dad’s for that matter….

    • dmgdroid

      I was able to add more than one aunt by going back in google now after adding one and essentially going to the pick screen again. But I went past my cousin and can’t get back to the screen.
      So say (call aunt) pick the contact and then hit the back arrow to go to the pick contact page again

  • Stone Cold

    Not doing this at all.

  • engemasa

    I hope that when I tell it to “Call my dad”, I want it to respond: “Who is your daddy, and what does he do?” spoken with an Austrian accent. 😀

    • Daistaar

      “It’s not a tumor!”

  • thistimearound

    Since no one said it, I have my mother’s name on my phone, rather than “mom”, because I do not want a lost phone being so easily identifiable. I don’t need someone calling my family or tracking them down, I have Android Device Manager for my phone. It also matches her Google+ page, which -I know this is going to shock the hell out of some of you- isn’t “Mom”.

    • Steve B

      That’s what secured lock screens are for.

      • Timothy Sternig

        Not to mention that you can remotely wipe or lock your phone if you want to through Android Device Manager. That’s why I don’t even really worry about having a lock screen either…

        • Steve B

          Or that.

      • thistimearound

        I guess that’s all the faith you need. I require more, but thanks for the downvote.

        • Steve B

          Well… You can’t really get around a secured lock screen now can you?

  • JoshGroff

    I just have my mom in my phone as mom anyway, so this doesn’t really change anything.

  • Droid Ronin

    I do not want Google asking me “Who’s yo daddy?”

    • Ricky Ortiz

      Who is your daddy and what does he do?

      • Guest

        Is he rich like me?

        • Robert Macri

          I doubt it.

        • The Narrator

          How else could you afford the white van and candy?

          • michael arazan

            NEVER take candy from a stranger, unless he offers you a ride.

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  • Chris

    How do I delete a nickname from someone on it?

  • B A

    Or you could just name the contact “Mom”…

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Or mommy. Or Mama.

    • Guest

      The only problem with that is that my moms G+ isn’t “Mom”. It’s “Cheryl …”. So Google recognizes them as 2 different people.

      Edit: So it says Cheryl in hangouts and Mom for calls.

      • JSo

        Something tells me that “Angela Horwith” in the photo above doesnt have a G+ account. lol

      • charesa39

        Yeah. I had that issue as well at first. I just manually linked the contacts, and now her G+ info is under the Mom contact name.

    • Adam Truelove

      That’s what I do. I can’t have her listed in my phone with her real name, it’s just weird. Same goes for my dad, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

      • Kevin

        Its only weird if you make it weird. I understand having Dad, Mom, Uncle, and Aunt as a contact. But do you really need to have Cousin as a contact? Why can’t it be his or her name?

        • MistaButters

          It can. You are never going to say, “OK Google, call cousin.” You are going to say, “OK Google, call Rick James.”

          Most people call their grandma, “Grandma”, mom, “Mom, dad, “Dad”, etc. I’ve never heard somebody call their cousin, “Cousin”.

          • Rick James

            Hey cousin…

        • Adam Truelove

          I didn’t say cousins or siblings. Basically, I just put their name as whatever I call them in real life: “Grandma Shirley”, “Aunt Lori”, “Uncle Tom”, “Dad”, “Mom”, etc. I don’t have “Brother” or “Cousin” in there or anything like that.

          For land lines I have contacts called “Mom and Dad” or “Gma and Gpa” as you’re really calling a house, not a single person, in that case.

          • Kevin

            You edited your comment.

      • Lucky Armpit

        Same here. I’ve been doing that (OK Google Now, call Mom) since I’ve had Google Now. Am I missing something?

      • Daistaar

        Same here. I have my parent listed by their role. Same would go for grandparents. extended family get actual names with title in it. Siblings can get nicknames or actual names. Can’t name the parents though. That is weird lol.

        • Adam Truelove

          My siblings get their actual names. But for Aunts and Uncles I have “Aunt Lori”, “Uncle Tom”, etc, whatever I call them in real life essentially. That way I can glance at my phone when someone is calling me and quickly figure out who it is.

    • Chris

      It’s useful for brother, girlfriend, sister, and cousin for me. I only have one cousin I keep in touch with so I can just say cousin instead of his long name. And I wouldn’t name my brother or girlfriend just brother so it’s useful for that. But for the Mom thing you’re totally right.

    • Casey Artner

      I have their real names in there, but set the “Nickname” field to Mom/Dad in the hopes that voice dialing using that would eventually work…

  • Drew

    This is the biggest feature that I have been waiting for with Google Now. Nicknames always seemed like a hack.

  • JSo

    “Bad Child”. Lol

  • Miguel

    Actually you can add a nick name to all of you contact or your favorites then call and text them, pretty neat feature.

  • “Prank Call – My wife’s fat ass” result – lulz.

    • The Narrator

      Good way to have no sandwiches for the week.

    • JSo

      I’m just sitting here laughing at my desk at work. Luckily I’m by myself.

    • “Ok Google, where is the doghouse?”

    • charesa39

      Haha! I just noticed those in the images.

    • Jason Kahn

      The sister one is just morbid