Google Now, the search giant’s intuitive service which delivers real-time information on Android devices, could be about to get a whole lot more useful.
A teardown of the software by the obsessives at Android Police has thrown up some intriguing possibilities for the service.
Most interestingly, there appear to be plans to allow third-party apps to use Google Now to deliver information.
At the moment, Google Now’s cards only relate to official Google services, but a string of code mentions welcoming third parties onto the platform.
That could mean anything from gig reminders from Songkick to nudges from RunKeeper about your next fitness session.
What’s more, Google is also thought to be plotting a new hands–free mode that wouldn’t require you to fire up the screen at all.
This would be particularly helpful when behind the wheel, with Google Now equipped to tell you about changes in traffic conditions without prompting.
There’s no word on when, or if, these changes will come into play. But with Google Now launcher becoming standard across Android handsets and tablets, expect to hear plenty more in the year ahead.