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6 things the new Google Now can do for you (pictures)

Check out Google Now's upcoming fresh new features, almost guaranteed to make your life easier.

Xiomara Blanco
Xiomara Blanco is an associate editor for CNET Reviews. She's a Bay Area native with a knack for tech that makes life easier and more enjoyable. So, don't expect her to review printers anytime soon.
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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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All about the context

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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Currently serving: Google Now on Tap

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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1. Better speech recognition

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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2. Anticipate your next move (literally)

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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3. Useful suggestions

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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4. Easy planning

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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5. Reminders for your reminders

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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6. Welcomed TMI

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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