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Google just unveiled a major revamp of its mobile search experience, dubbed Google Now, at its Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco. Google Now is part of Android 4.1, code-named Jelly Bean, and it expands the inputs that get a user to a search result: Instead of letting users search for content when they need it, it predicts their needs by analysing their location, calendar, contacts and search history.
A few use cases demonstrated included the morning commute, with Google Now telling commuters when their next bus is arriving, flight notifications, bar recommendations and even sports scores. In the last case, Google Now doesn’t even need to be told who your favorite sports team is – it already knows, based on your search history.
Google Now works well for existing and upcoming mobile phones featuring Android 4.1, but there’s one obvious platform that wasn’t mentioned when Google Now was introduced during today’s keynote: Google’s Project Glass, the wearable computing the device the company has been working on.
In an augmented reality application, users don’t want to search – they want to get bits and pieces of information when they’re relevant. That’s exactly what Google Now promises to do – and we shouldn’t be surprised to see Google Now become a centerpiece of Project Glass.