Google Now now tracks the distance you walk, bike or travel in a month

Sometimes it’s almost scary to think about the sheer amount of information Google has on you. Well, aside from what websites you visit, where you’re at, and the what you’re talking about, Google now knows the last time your lazy ass has gotten off the couch. Yesterday we told you guys about a Google Search/Google Now update that, among other things, introduced a new set of cards to Google’s behind the scenes monitoring and notification system. But it seems there were a few surprises still in store for us…

Once the clock struck midnight last night, many Jelly Bean users around the world were presented with the total amount of miles they’ve traveled in the month of October via walking, bicycling, or other. Looks like Google has officially upgraded your phone into a snazzy pedometer. Neato.

Thanks, Thomas, Justin, and everyone who sent this in!

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  • Layman76

    That’s alright, I trust Good Guy Google.
    “Don’t Be Evil” -Google Motto

  • Steven Skwarkowski

    Since I dont take my phone everywhere I go, I can only assume this isnt very accurate. But, alas, I know why Im American and sit behind a PC for work since last month was only 6 miles. FML!

  • toomuchgame441

    Lol Google is off the chain…

    • camelsnot

      awesome.. people still say off the chain!!!!

      • Lactose_the_Intolerant

        Word :p

  • Roberto

    mine says i byked lile 5kms, and i haven’t gone near a bike in years

    • Chris Chavez

      Sleep biking? O_o

    • Marsg

      have you used public transit or anything, cause it records biking, walking or running depending on the speed you are traveling, so if you are traveling like under 20 mph it will record it as biking.

      • Roberto

        That could be it (i would expect more than 5km tho :P )

        • camelsnot

          maybe google is urging you to spell “bike” instead of “byke” by giving you 5km for free.

  • Layman76

    Now that’s just unnecessary.

  • mhmmd123

    That`s good for who is have the JB on his phone only, not good for everyone yet.

  • atodman

    How does one turn this on or off?

    • Chris Chavez

      Google Now Settings.

      • Marsg

        lol how do you get the pedometer, I ran 4 miles today trying to get it to show up but still nothing? is their like a certain amount of miles you have to travel before it appears ?

        • scoter man1

          I think its once a month. Your phone/tablet now has a period 0.o

  • atodman

    I was looking for a more specific answer. I already took a quick glance and nothing jumped out and said pedometer

  • Malik

    72 miles walking sounds about right for me since my campus is really big. :(. Also, apparently I own a bicycle. lol

  • Stalked

    Twisted anonymous hacker will now hate Google for making their OS secure and the play store with malware scanner. I can trust Google but not some sick psycho hacker.

    • camelsnot

      you did it for the lulz?

  • johnny989

    You need to walk more.

  • GBGamer

    I found out about this feature today, and I must say I like it.

  • Jesse James Payette-Steinberg

    How did it know I was on my stationary bike?

    • camelsnot

      gps derps

  • Freshly_Snipes

    this didn’t show up in my Google NOW. Wonder why.

    • camelsnot

      it’ll show up LATER

    • spicymeatball

      Me either. Hopefully soon so I can see how much of a loaf I am.

  • Frank Roegiers

    Do you have to update google search manually, or is it in a specific region only? Or do you have to install the apk?
    Anyway, for now it doesn’t work on my phone – sgs2, cm10, Europe

  • Viper

    I saw this a couple of days back, its neat I think but thats cause ive started a diet last month and this information helps me. Now I can track my walk for November. Does my GPS have to be switched on for this? cause at times i turn off wife, gps, mobile data to conserve battery and thats usually something I do while walking – Dont Walk and Text !!

    • TheScientists

      Having the option to turn off “wife” is definitely a plus, and will conserve your wallet as well as your battery.

      • bmg314

        xD beat me to it!

  • Quentyn Kennemer

    Great! Now it can tell me just how much I DON’T walk.

  • frankie

    Next Google will track how long I sit on the toilet and play with my android lololol

  • McT

    I wonder if Google Now tracks how much time I’m sitting on the pooper … Reading Phandroid of course. (Seriously.) (No, SERIOUSLY!!!)

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    Wow, they have electricity for charging phones in Cle Elum?

    (I kid because, hey, Cle Elum.)

  • Christopher Mendes

    Mine hasn’t displayed anything new.. Maybe it knows I didn’t walk or bike anywhere haha

  • Minja Miketa

    I don’t know if it is accurate…Mine said 7 miles in October and I walk more than that in like 2 days on campus.

  • Keith Kaplan

    I totally saw this the other day and am a big fan of it. It would be nice to have a progess bar or site where it keeps tabs on this info instead of just telling you once a month.