Google is expanding its bill reminder chops in Google Now with a handy new feature. Whenever you want to which bills you’ve paid or need to pay, you can just call up Google Now on your phone or tablet by saying “OK Google” and then say “show me my bills” or “my bills due this week.”
If there’s anything to show, content from electronic bills sent to your Gmail account will show up at the top of the search results on your device. The new feature follows unprompted bill reminders, which Google added to Google Now in May.
As with the original feature, the new “show me my bills” function surfaces the name of the bill, the amount due, the due date, and a link to open the bill in Gmail.
Why this matters: In the hyper-competitive world of mobile devices Google continues to make Google Now more and more indispensable to Android users. This ensures that users will keep coming back for more and that their search, email, and other valuable data remain in Google’s cloud.
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Google says that in addition to showing upcoming bills, the new feature can also show you a summary of past bills.
The new feature is currently rolling out and should be available in Google Now as of this writing. If it’s not, hold tight—the feature will be coming soon.
As with many other Google Now features, this new addition is a mobile-only feature, so don’t expect to see it coming to Google Now alerts on the PC. That said, you have to wonder how long it’ll be before Google adds Google Now voice interaction to Chrome for Mac and Windows.
That’s a lot of helpful information. Do you use Google Now to help organize your life? Is the new bill-wrangling feature something you’ll ever use? Share your thoughts in the comments!