Google Now isn’t exactly new, in fact, it has been around for a while now. However, it has been constantly updated by Google, and is definitely not in the same shape it might have been a while ago. Now, it has evolved from an alternate way to search for you content, to a surprisingly capable tool. However, one of the big faults of Google Now is that it doesn’t really tell you what it can do: it just expects you to stumble upon its features. Hopefully, this post will elucidate you on some of the more obscure commands you may not be familiar with, and present some of the new features that have been introduced with the last few updates. So, without further ado, check out our list of Top 30 voice commands for Google Now.
Will I need an umbrella tomorrow? – Fetches you the weather and tells you if rain is expected the next day
What time is it in New York? – Shows you the time information for a specific location
Who directed The Matrix? – Tells you who directed a certain movie
Open droidlessons.com – Opens a certain URL
What is a tile? – Shows you a definition
Who wrote Fight Club? – Tells you the author of a specific book
When was Keanu Reeves born? – Shows you the age of a famous personality
What’s the population of Spain? – Shows you the population of a certain country
Who invented the microwave? – Tells you who invented a certain thing
YouTube Alligator song – Searches for your term on YouTube
Are there any gyms nearby? – Shows you a card with the nearest gyms
Navigate me home/to work – Navigates you to home or work, as long as specified in the Settings
Show me a map of London – Opens a map of a particular place
How far is London from my location? – Lets you know the distance between certain spots
3. Math and Calculations
64 percent of 108 – Tells you a certain percentage
How much is a baker’s dozen? – Tells you how much is a baker’s dozen
Square root of 100 – Tells you the square root of a number
64 times 3 – Tells you the result of a multiplication
4. Notes and Reminders
Note to self “buy milk” – Makes a note, along with a recording of it. Integrates with Keep!
Remind me to buy milk in 5 minutes – Makes an appropriate reminder to the specified time
Remind me to buy milk when I get to Atlanta – Makes the reminder pop-up when you get to a certain location
Set a timer for 5 minutes – Sets a timer
Set an an alarm for 7:30 AM – Creates an appropriate alarm
5. Texting and Calling
Call Mom – Creates a call with a certain contact
Text Mom “I’m gonna be late, sorry!” – Makes a text with the specified content
Email John “Thanks for the beers, dude!” – Creates an e-mail with the appropriate content
6. Easter Eggs
Do a Barrel Roll – Try it and find out!
What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything? – A familiar one to any hitchhiker.
What phase is the moon? – Tells you what phase the moon is in.
Tell me a joke – Another fun one to try out the next time you are bored.
Well, these are just some of the commands I find most useful. You can try and modify them to your liking, chances are, if it’s not too crazy, it will work! In addition to voice commands, Google Now also shows you a very useful set of cards. It usually only shows the weather for starters, but the longer you use it, it will start to realize where you work and show you the traffic, or realize where you usually shop at and show you information, that sort of thing. It’s kind of amazing, actually. To get more accurate information, you can fill in some of the blanks on the Settings of the app and let it know your favorite team, or where you work. Do you use any particular commands you don’t see listed here? Let us know in the comments!