Google Now updated with parking detection, offline mode, and more

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The new stand-alone Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps and a refreshed Google Play Games weren't all Google had in store for Android lovers on Wednesday, as it turns out. The search giant also added a slew of features to Google Now users, as well one big change to Google Music.


Google Now can automatically remember where you park.

Let's dive into Google Now first. At the top of the list is automatic parking detection that marks where you parked you car so you can always get back to your vehicle. Google-owned Waze has let you manually set your parking location for some time, but automated parking in Google Now is a nice addition.

Voice search is also getting a bump, as first reported by Android Police, which lets you navigate to some phone settings with your voice. If you tell your phone to "turn off Wi-Fi," for example, your phone will open to the Wi-Fi screen in the Settings app. The same goes for other features such as turning on or off airplane mode or location detection, and sound volume settings.

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The Google search app refresh now lets you navigate to specific screens in the Settings app with a voice command.

Arguably some of those features are not entirely useful, since toggling Wi-Fi and Airplane mode is always available from the notification pull-down. But if you need to navigate to your volume settings or change your display brightness you'll find this feature a little more useful.

Next up is a new reminders list that makes it easier to differentiate upcoming and past reminders by setting them off in different blocks. Previously, your Google Now reminders were just one long list with "Past" and "Upcoming" headers in bold.

Google has also created a centralized location to view your Nicknames from the Google Now screen under Settings > Accounts & Privacy > Nicknames.

Also, going into Airplane Mode no longer wipes out all your Google Now cards. Instead, you get a notification at the top letting you know that your Internet connection is out and how long ago your Google Now content was updated. Cards for news stories, weather, and your monthly activity summaries remain.

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