Google Now is a tool that brings together virtually everything Google knows about you and where you are and then turns all of this information into a useful dashboard on your phone. TechCrunch gave a review on related clues to figure what Google’s mobile future will be: Google’s Mobile Future Is Now.
Google Now is a standard feature of Android Jelly Bean and up. It’s an easily accessible screen that shows you information about your daily commute (because it learns where you go every day and makes an educated guess as to where ‘home’ and ‘work’ are for you), appointments, local weather, upcoming flight and hotel reservations (assuming you give it access to scan your Gmail account) and how your favorite team did last night (it learns that from your search behavior). It also notices when you are not at home and shows you how long it’ll take you to get back to your house, or, if you are travelling, presents you with a list of nearby attractions you may be interested in, the value of the local currency, the time back home and easy access to Google Translate.
Other Google projects related include the free app Field Trip, the conspiracy-themed augmented-reality game Ingress, and Project Glass which is essentially Google Now plus augmented reality and wearable computing. It seems Google will change the way we live and learn, and the definition of human’s key skills that can’t be replaced by ubiquitous computing.