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All about the context

Currently serving: Google Now on Tap

1. Better speech recognition

2. Anticipate your next move (literally)

3. Useful suggestions

4. Easy planning

5. Reminders for your reminders

6. Welcomed TMI

Future updates to Google Now will not only make organizing your life easier, they'll also enrich it. See what we mean by clicking through the slideshow and familiarizing yourself with the fresh features.

Google hasn't announced a release date yet, but it'll debut with Android M in Q3. Expect more details over the next few months.

Want to know more about what Google announced? Catch up on all of CNET's Google I/O news.

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Google Now understands your context, brings you answers proactively, and helps you take action. Though it sounds more like a self-help regimen, the thoughtful process brings about useful information, depending on where you are and what you're doing.

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This context-based functionality is called Google Now on Tap. It automatically gathers the important information you're currently viewing and delivers useful information about it.

Enough context for now. Let's dig into these new features!

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Few things feel sillier than repeating what you just said into your smartphone because it can't understand you. Google's taken big steps to make sure this becomes a rarity.

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Google Now already does a good job at presenting information about upcoming trips, but now it will also give you tips on things like when places are open or busy and where you might go from there.

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Depending on where you are and what you're doing, Google Now will try to give you some helpful suggestions before you even ask for them.

Just landed at the airport? Google Now will offer to order you an Uber. Waiting in line for a sandwich? How about some music while you wait? Did that sandwich remind you that you should probably do groceries? Google Now can help you order those, too.

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Say your friend emailed you to invite you to see a movie. Unsure of which movie it is or if you'd even enjoy the flick, you can simply utilize Google Now to find that email and view reviews of the movie.

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If you need to know details on where you're going to dinner tonight and need to pick up the dry cleaning, with a long press of the Home button, Google Now on Tap presents you with information about the restaurant, and a prompt to create a reminder about the dry cleaning.

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Without asking for it, you'll be presented with more information on whatever it is you just searched for. The extra info can range from translations to other languages, photos or directions.

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