Google Now is an integrated software within the Google Search app that has made the functionality of your Android or iOS device that much more accessible and fun. It essentially acts as your very own personal assistant, where you can schedule appointments, get directions, call or text your contacts and even get recommendations on a fine dining restaurant near you. A central feature of this service is the voice command functionality using the hot word “OK Google”, enabling you to do all the tasks above hands free. Updates have been rolling in hot and fast for Google Now to further improve the accessibility of every integrated section of the app through voice activation, such as allowing you to set reminders and even accessing phone settings.
The majority of updates for Google Now and Search placed emphasis on diversification of functionality, chiefly through the integration of various other apps such as Google Chrome and Google Play Music. A recent update that rolled in last week even allowed Google Now to act as a parking detector, which can give an approximate location of your vehicle by using sensors on your phone to determine when you have exited your vehicle. However, all this fantastic abilities comes with a relatively short leash; you always need to be connected to the internet.
This is why Google has now released an update specifically addresses this problem; the introduction of offline support for Google Now. With this update, Google Now will cache the Now cards on your device, so the information will be retained even when you lose internet connectivity. Now, you do not have to worry about losing directions when you move out of cellular range or miss out on reminders of the day when you pass through and underground tunnel. You will also be notified on when the information you are viewing was last updated.
Offline support for Google Now ensures you remain in touch with what’s going on around at all times.