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Google Now Launcher is now available for all Nexus or Google Play edition devices with Android 4.4 KitKat.

It makes a huge difference in the way you experience Google Now once you have it even more easily accessible.  

Give it a try here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.launcher
 
A few months ago we introduced an experience on Nexus 5 that made it easier to access all the goodness of Google Now directly from the home screen. Today we’re making that same experience available to more devices when you install the Google Now Launcher on any Nexus or Google Play edition phone or tablet running KitKat.

Google Now Launcher gives you quick access to Google Now, while keeping your apps right where you want them. Just tap home and then swipe right to access Google Now cards that show you just the right information, at just the right time. And anytime you see the search box at the top of your screen, you can say “Ok Google” (if you’re in the US, UK, or Canada), or you can tap the microphone button to trigger voice input. From there, you can ask a question, or tell your phone what to do, like send a message, get directions, or play a song. If you'd rather type your query, tap the Google search box, which now loads faster than ever.

Google Now Launcher also gives you a beautiful, immersive, and simple experience. The full-screen, larger viewing area lets your wallpaper pop from every pixel. And of course you can place your favorite apps anywhere you like.

If you’ve got a Nexus or Google Play edition device with Android 4.4 KitKat, try Google Now Launcher today by getting it from the Google Play Store here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.launcher
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Google Now story on the front page of New York Times! Now that's awesome :)
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Thank you +Louis Gray for the interview at IO.
 
GDL @ I/O 2013: Google Now, Search as Assistant
w/ +Baris Gultekin  #gdl   #io13   #search   #googlenow  

One of the highlights of our first day of interviews was welcoming Baris, a cofounder of Google Now, to talk about the future of search, and how knowledge cards can assist and suggest you the right content and information at the right time and context. It's incredible to think Google Now is only reaching its first birthday. Deep insight. 
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We just released a new update to Google Now - I hope you like it. My favorite new feature is the widget on my lock screen.

Here is what's new:
- Google Now widget for Home screen or lock screen
- Support for US college sports
- Movie passes from Fandango
- Movies now includes ratings from Rotten Tomatoes
- Real estate listings from Zillow when in the market for a home

http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-google-now-more-of-information-you.html
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Insightful article from +TechCrunch about Google Now: "Google's mobile future is Now".  We are only at the beginning of this journey; there is an exciting year ahead of us.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/25/googles-mobile-future-is-now/
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Very observant by the folks at TechCrunch. Next year will be pretty exciting.

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Last week, Popular Science dubbed Google Now the “Innovation of the Year” (http://goo.gl/OPRnE). We sat down with Baris Gultekin, Andrew Kirmse and Ben Gomes, who all played a part in creating Google Now. 

How did the project start?
Andrew: Google Now started when a few of us on the Maps team thought there was some really useful information we could show you on your phone based on where you are, and so we started working on it in our spare time, as a 20% project (as many projects at Google start). The further we got on the project, the more compelling it became, and everyone saw the potential of it.


What is the benefit of Google Now being predictive?
Baris: Accessing and discovering information easily. There is a lot going on in our lives at any given time. When you’ve got a context-aware phone and thousands of computers working for you, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting information you may need, like the traffic between here and your next meeting, or the fact that there’s an awesome photo spot three blocks away. So with Google Now, you don’t even have to search for these, they just show up -- ready and waiting for you.


How do you see Google Now as a complement to Search?
Ben: The goal of search has always been to give you exactly the answers you need whenever you need them.  Google Now is another leap towards a truly intelligent search: you can find important information before you even ask. And at the end of the day, it’s about making you feel more powerful with your Android device.

Tell us your favorite experience with a Google Now card? 
Andrew: While I was wandering around Sydney during a visit to the Google office there earlier this year, a Google Now card popped up telling me that the Art Gallery of New South Wales (http://goo.gl/iyVTF) was a few blocks away. I spent the afternoon looking at some amazing aboriginal art that I never would have found otherwise.

How does Google's Knowledge Graph help power some of the cards in Google Now?
Ben: When you search, you’re not just looking for a webpage -- you’re looking to get answers and explore rich information. That’s where the Knowledge Graph comes in: with an understanding of real-world people, places and things, it can help provide better answers at your fingertips. Google Now builds on that philosophy of providing quick, actionable information, using information from the knowledge graph in areas like the weather, sports scores, and much more.

What can we expect from Google Now in the future?
Baris: There are many situations when our users have unique information needs. We’ve been focusing on organizing information that is important and relevant in a given situation and serving those back to you at precisely the right moment they’re useful. We’ve started with some useful cases such as telling you about your flight’s status on the day of your trip, but we are excited about covering much, much more.

Past winners of Popular Science’s Innovation of the year have been the Large Hadron Collider, the Toyota Prius and the Mars Curiosity rover -- what’s it like being in the same company of all of these? 
Baris: I am humbled to be in the same company of these amazing innovations. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of creating this product and proud of what the team has accomplished. And, still only five months since we first launched, the most exciting thing is that we’re just getting started!

Visit http://google.com/now for more information about Google Now!
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Great explanation of why Moto X is awesome! +Lior Ron 
 
New MKBHD Video is live! I spend a lot of time in thought for this one - I think a lot of people are missing what Motorola is trying to do with the Moto X. So here are my thoughts!

Moto X Features: Explained!

Feel free to +1/Share if you enjoy! +Guy Kawasaki 
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Congratulations to the Now UX team for the well deserved recognition!
 
This is a huge honor!  We won the Grand Prize for the best everyday utility in the 2013 UX Awards!

Congratulations to the entire Google Now team!
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Check out Google Developers Live - I will be talking about the future of Google Now, starting at 3:25pm.

Go here to watch: http://goo.gl/tYWHk

+GDL
#io13"
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Great session, Baris. Love your product. Tested it in Sao Paulo traffic the other day and it was spot on. Kudos.

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Live in the now - here is the Nexus 4 ad, featuring Google Now.
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New Google Now release is available on Play and has some cool travel features just in time for holidays. Check it out!

Some examples:
- Events nearby
- Suggestions to help with your research
- Boarding passes from Gmail (United only, more to come)
- Say "What's this song?" to find the song you hear

http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2012/12/new-google-now-perfect-travel-companion.html
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  • Cornell University
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