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How Awesome is Google Now? Awesome Enough to ‘Innovation of the Year’

November 15, 2012 - Written By Alexander Maxham

First of all, Congratulations to Google and the team behind Google Now. Lately there’s been so much hate around Google with the Nexus launch this week, that I’m sure Hugo Barra, Matias Duarte and the rest of the Android team at Google, would love to hear congratulations for this award. If you’ve used either Android 4.1 or 4.2 (Jelly Bean), then you know all about Google Now, it’s just plain awesome sauce. And Google Now makes it easy to make your friends with some other phone jealous, who wouldn’t want Google Now, Right?

Today it was announced that Google Now received the coveted “Innovation of the Year” award from Popular Science. Beating out Google’s rival, Apple’s Siri. In fact Popular Science called Siri “outdated”. That’s nice to hear from an unbiased source. Of course we’ll say it’s outdated, we here are all huge Android fans.

When Google Now was first announced back at Google I/O this past June, some people were a little frightened by it since it’s kind of “stalker-ish” in that it knows where you work, live, etc., and now searches through your email to find packages, hotel reservations, plane tickets and more. And the best part? Google Search, it’s voice is much less robotic than Siri’s, and in side-by-side comparisons, it blows Siri out of the water.

Google Now is one of the most popular features in Android now, well besides Photo Sphere which is in Android 4.2. Google worked hard on it, and I’m sure we’ll see plenty of improvements in future versions of Android. So once again Congratulations to Google, and Thank you for making such an awesome product.

You can view the announcement video at the source link below, and watch Popular Science’ Editor-in-Chief Jacob Ward introduce Google Now as the winner of Innovation of the Year.

How often do you use Google Now? I use it everyday, to check the weather, sports scores, and to see how traffic is, that’s just a few examples of how I use Google Now everyday. How do you use it? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Popular Science