Excited that the updated Google Search App for Android will remember where you parked your car? Wait, there’s more! Google Now cards also work offline, malls are gaining indoor map directories and you can now get product search reminders.
Earlier today Barry Schwartz wrote that the updated Google Search App for Android will now help you locate your car in a parking lot or on the street. Since then, we’ve learned that this “parking locator card” is just one of several new features and capabilities in the updated Android version of Google Now. No word on iOS yet.
Among the new Now features currently rolling out, in addition to parking-locator cards, are the following:
This last item is the most intriguing and potentially most powerful. Your search history effectively becomes a kind of shopping list that Google will send you prompts about if the store (at least online) carries the item. The company is not making (to my knowledge) any statements about real-time availability. That’s up to users to check.
I could easily imagine this capability being tied into PLAs. It’s a kind of geofenced product notification based on your own expressed interests.
As we discover more information and features we’ll update this post.