Google Now is getting a new update soon for those who are using Android Lollipop. While the update will be a universal one, the functionality will pretty much be exclusive for those who are running Google’s latest operating system. While that is not the largest number of users we could think of, the update is definitely one that will be interesting for Google moving forward. Now, instead of simply being able to make traditional functionality commands to Google Now – users will also be able to tweak settings – or do things like “connect to Wi-Fi” using voice commands on Google Now.
Another portion of the new feature that includes voice recognition and command is the part that allows users to turn on the flashlight, or even shut it off. Even if users want to turn on the BlueTooth, or shut it off, that will be possible too via voice command through Google Now. Right now though, it appears to be limited to options that can be toggled quickly in an “on” and “off” fashion. For example, being able to adjust the settings quickly to reflect going into airplane mode, or something like shutting down NFC are things that will be attained through this update. Whereas other options won’t have the ability to change through this voice command feature.
In all, this update is definitely something that is cosmetic. We are not talking about something that will take the Android world by storm tomorrow – but this definitely lays solid groundwork for the future as the company works to improve what can be done with voice commands. Now, as more users work toward hands-free devices, and even wearables – which require less physical work – these improvements are ones that Google, Apple, and other tech companies will begin to work on and employ to make using the software easier.
The fact though that this is only available for Lollipop is definitely a problem. There are so few users which have been on-boarded with Android 5.0 that it’s become somewhat clear that while Google wanted to ensure that users could get updated experiences without upgrading devices – those who produce Android phones haven’t been living up to those expectations. They definitely have not been living up to the promises they made with regards to getting many previous flagship lines updated in just a few months from when it originally launched.