• Google Announces Third-Party Integrations for Google Now to Help Compete with Siri



    Google recently revealed that it will allow select Android apps to be integrated with Google Now, which is the company’s answer to Apple’s Siri, allowing users of services like AirBnB, Pandora and Lyft to pull that data into Now. Each of the new apps will be allowed to present context-sensitive information in the form of a Now card instead of relying on system notifications. As a result, Pandora can potentially surface music recommendations during users’ commuting time, for instance, while Lyft may populate a card for ordering a ride when the user arrives at an airport.

    New cards are said to be made available over the “next few weeks” according to Google Product Manager, Aparna Chennapragada. As of right now, there is no word on when, or if, Google will be opening up Now to the general population of developers or bring the features to its iOS app. As of right now, the full list of Now partners includes the following:

    AirBnB, Instacart, Pandora, Shazam, Lyft, TripAdvisor, Kayak, eBay, Walgreens, Ford, Waze, Strava, Duolingo, Mint, The Economist, The Guardian, Bellyflop, Coinbase, Redfin, Zillow, Life360, HootSuite, Wattpad, Runtastic, Delivery Hero, Hailo, mytaxi, busuu, ESPN, Housing, Meru Cabs, Shaadi, The Economic Times, CookPad, SmartNews, Suumo, BookMyShow, and Lincoln.
    The Cupertino California company has been rumored to expand the Siri API although such a change has yet to materialize. Apple did add several new features to Siri in iOS 8 including integration with Shazam but we have yet to see something substantial. We’ll have to wait and see what Apple does in response to Google’s move.

    Source: Google Inside Search (blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Announces Third-Party Integrations for Google Now to Help Compete with Siri started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Apple has all the money in the world - you'd think they would have made this feature happen by now. That, along with official theme support and native SwipeSelection support.

      C'mon, Apple. Why you no change?
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