Call Mom

Google Search Update Now Lets You Designate Contacts With Tags Such As Mom, Dad, Etc.

February 11, 2014 - Written By Patrick Northcraft

 

Updates are typically a good thing.  Large or small, they normally lead to improving performance and reliability.  Today Google announced a brand new feature to Google Search, which allows you to mark certain contacts by their relationship to you, such as mom, dad, husband, wife, children, etc.  Essentially, you can activate Google Search, either by saying ‘OK Google’ on compatible devices, or by manually enabling voice search, and say “call mom” to make the phone start dialing.  This update is pretty minimalist in its scope and usefulness, as I know plenty of people who save their parents in their contacts as just ‘Dad’ or ‘Mom’ (myself included) who could do this already.  However, if you are very formal and put in everyone by their full name rather than by a nickname or title, then this could be of some use to you.

The point behind this change is to make it simpler for people to keep in contact with their family members and people of other varying relations.  If you want to contact your cousin and you say “call cousin”, and should you have more than one saved under that distinction, you will be directed to a sub-menu where you can specify further.  This feature does not require a full on update to Google Search, as they enabled these features in the back-end.  Should you want to activate these little add ons, simply say something like “call dad” to opt into and set up the feature.  The real benefit of this update is that we  can see that Google is still evolving their search capabilities even with so much else going on.  The fact that they are still supporting their roots shows me that they really are the company that cares, and that we are right to be supporting them.  Some users, myself included, have noticed that since this update, the Google Search app has started working again on our Note 10.1 (2012) tablets, which is a welcome change even though I had gotten used to working without it.  To me, that is the biggest perk of this update.  What do you think?  Do you feel this update is just a gimmick, or are you like me with a Note 10.1 whose search app works again?  Let us know down below!