Google Now officially releases widget, new partners, options

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Google announced a new update to Google Now today, including the availability of a widget for home and lockscreens, a function we first spotted yesterday. The widget is not the only new feature included in this update, the fourth released since Google Now was launched. Google has incorporated Rotten Tomatoes movie ratings on the Movie cards to help you make a decision about what movie to go see. Support for Fandago is included so users can pull up their ticket to be scanned at the movie theater. Combined with Google Now’s trip estimating function, you can even get a reminder about when to leave for the theater so you don’t miss the previews.

Another new partner is Zillow which will let you pull up information about nearby real estate listings. For U.S. customers, Google Now includes a music button when a song is playing in voice mode. Sports fans will be pleased to know that U.S. colleges can be added as a favorite to the sports card. Thus far, it appears only men’s college basketball is available.

Below are some screen shots and a video Google included in their announcement. You can update Google Now using one of the Google Play Store links below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpaLZOjqMew

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source: Android Official Blog


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina and possesses the CAPM credential from PMI. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3 along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.