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Google Adds More Functionality To ‘Now’

Earlier this week, Google updated Google Keep with new Google Now reminders for notes. Now, Google Now itself is getting new kinds of cards.

The update comes to the Google Search app for Android. Presumably, iOS will get it later.

New cards include: car rentals, concert tickets, improved public transit, commute sharing, updated TV, NCAA football scores, and the ability to set reminders while you search.

The car rentals card will let you get reservation details and directions to the rental center, which Google notes will make things easier while your traveling, particularly when combined with the boarding pass and hotel reservations cards.

The concert ticket card will get your digital event ticket ready for you when you arrive at the venue, as well as popular and “locally relevant” sites, like the upcoming events page for a venue you’re at.

The public transit card will now let you know about the last train or bus home, and the commute sharing card will now give you the option of letting your family know you’re on your way home.

The TV card will tell you about news mentioned and music playing in the TV show you’re watching. Note: this only works if you have a smart TV or if you tap the mic, and say “listen to TV”.

The NCAA football scores are particularly timely, as the season is getting ready to start.

Now, when you’re searching for music artists, movie actors, filmmakers and TV shows, you’ll get a “remind me” button on the panel by the search results, which you can tap to set up a Google Now reminder for new albums, book releases, upcoming episodes of shows, etc.

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