Nexus 4 ad shows Google Now’s usefulness in everyday life [VIDEO]

In case you weren’t already using Google Now or wasn’t aware of its features, Google has released a nice minute-long ad showing how much easier it can make life. The ad really is supposed to be for the Nexus 4, but it focuses on the aforementioned convenient ¬†service. The app’s goal is to know what information you need before you even know you need it, so instead of fiddling around with Google Search results and typing in maps directions it’s already available at your fingertips.

Google seems to be doing the equivalent of dangling a juicy piece of fruit in front of a hungry animal. Most folks don’t have the latest version of Android — Jelly Bean — required to use Google Now, so this is a way to entice folks to buy a Nexus 4 if they want the latest and greatest the operating system has to offer. buying a Nexus 4 hasn’t been the easiest task to complete, of course, but with stock looking to be plentiful in the coming weeks now is as good a time as any to attract folks to the Nexus life.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of trying it out yet, Google Now really does a wonderful job “learning” about you and feeding up the information you need. Aside from the occasional wrong “work” address (I work from home, but Google Now thinks I work at my nearest gas station) and accidental “favorite” sports teams (just because I’m looking up info about the Bruins’ latest contract rumors doesn’t mean I’m a Bruins fan) it has given me a wealth of useful information at all the right times. Go ahead and watch the video above to see how Google Now can help you “live in the now,” and try it yourself if you have a phone with Android 4.1 or higher.

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  • Jonathan DeJesus

    I would rather stick my dong in a blender and put on puree before I touch a Nexus device again, nevermind an LG product. You put that combination together and you come up with an even bigger piece of shite :-P

    • Guest

      Stop trolling.

    • Robert Kauffman

      What is your phone of choice?

      • camelsnot

        he’s a win phone mod

    • phinn

      If that’s the case then there is no Android phone worth using since Nexus is the only one I’d recommend. Nothing else ever gets updated and always has garbage interface changes (outside the RAZR M’s minimal changes).

    • Timbo1

      Oh please go away troll.

    • camelsnot

      says the mod on a windows site.

    • OptimusL

      Terrible username and terrible post.

      Go home, you’re drunk.

    • scoter man1

      Has no taste in phones, has no taste in phone operating systems. Clearly has never used a Nexus 4.

    • Ben Baranovsky

      I signed into Discus just to down-vote this. The Nexus 4 is a fantastic piece of hardware.

  • http://jimeagle.com James Eagle

    I was surprised there was no mention of any voice input/output in the ad? Something Siri always shows off.

    • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

      From what I understand, Google considers that side of it Google Search. I agree, though: I think they should show the entire search/now product off as one nice, big experience.

    • Bob G

      There was already a commercial dealing with that. Can’t keep showing the same thing over and over again. People would then complain about that.

      • Don_SoLow

        Apple fans don’t lol

  • phinn

    Cool ad – I’d love to use Google Now, sadly I’m stuck with ICS therefore will never have it with my current phone. It’s beyond frustrating that Voice Search couldn’t be updated with this functionality.

  • Ryan5609

    Is it really nighttime at 4:42 PM in New York?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      In December for a few days, sure.

    • camelsnot

      yes. try googling.

  • Sai

    I believe there was an article on XDA showing how to get Google Now on ICS.

  • Lauren Berns

    Setting a correct workplace is easily done at google maps via browser (assuming you’re logged in there). See here: http://support.google.com/maps/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1626958

  • cammykool

    i wish i did more in my life that Google Now would benfit me with…

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Nice ad, except the speed & ease with which people are using GoogleNow is far from typical for everything but simply seeing the weather. More often than not you find yourself swiping away bogus cards, like some dude’s bday on G+ who you don’t *really* know, or traffic alerts for some location you might’ve googled earlier. (mental note: disable more default cards).

    I don’t really use GNow for anything but VoiceSearch, which is accurate about 4 out of 5 times for me.

    • samagon

      I also really only use gnow for voice search, and a lot although I guess I speak very clearly, cause I don’t have that kind of failure rate.

  • Rdfry

    Google now works fine for me on my gs2. It keeps me automatically updated on the things I am interested in.