'Hello, Computer!' Google Now Highlighted at IO13

Google announced a new level of commitment to their voice-recognition capabilities. Now, with their "hot wording" features, you can talk to your little smartphone and ask it questions. And get answers.

Google Now is tightly integrated with Google Search and can make life a lot easier for repetitive search queries. Google Now supports specialized functions using modules that Google calls ‘cards.’ Specialized cards are available for maps, news, stocks, weather, traffic, and many other popular functions.

Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Google, described the new developments at I/O, “Search has evolved considerably in recent years: it can now have a real conversation with you, and even make your day a bit smoother by predicting information you might need. Today we added the ability to set reminders by voice and we previewed “spoken answers” on laptops and desktops in Chrome—meaning you can ask Google a question and it will speak the answer back to you.”

Why does this seem familiar?

("Hello computer" - Scotty in 1986 film Star Trek IV)

And when all else fails (or your environment is too noisy), you can always use the keyboard. How quaint!

Via Forbes.

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