“Google Now is often compared with the Siri voice assistant on Apple’s mobile devices, but its power lies in giving you information you need to know before you have to ask,” Anick Jesdanun reports for The Associated Press. “It works best as a supplement to Siri, rather than a replacement, now that it has expanded from Android devices to iPhones and iPads.”
“Both Google Now and Siri will respond to voice commands, whether it’s to look up the day’s weather or set the alarm on the phone,” Jesdanun reports. “Google Now goes further in filling your phone screen with boxes containing stock quotes, sports results, weather, travel directions and more — all without making a request.”
Jesdanun reports, “Those choices are based partly on your location, the entries in your calendar and the travel-confirmation messages in your Gmail account. To use Google Now, you have to give Google permission to use your personal data. You can create a separate Google account if you’re not comfortable with that, though Google Now works better the more it knows about you. It works best if you also let it record and analyze the Google searches you’ve made recently.”
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