Google has unveiled a new feature for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that predicts what information you want before you even realise you need it.
Called Google Now, it uses previous searches, locations and other personal information to, for instance, alert you about details of a flight that you may have searched for, tell you about a restaurant you may like that’s just round the corner or let you know the quickest way to get home.
It will take into account the time of day, too, so it will alert you that you when it’s time to head home that your normal route is blocked and you should take an alternative.
Google Now is part of a complete overall of search on Android devices. The interface also now has a new graphically rich UI that instantly brings up a fullscreen graphic of the weather, pictures of pygmy marmosets or definitions of words, if that’s what you searched for. If this first result isn’t what you wanted then you can dismiss it and jump straight to a normal search list.
The new search will also speak results back to you. So, in conjunction with the new voice typing feature of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you’ll be able to have a conversation of sorts with your Google searches.