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Google Now to get even smarter for KitKat on Nexus 5

Kris Carlon
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Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5 has been a mixed bag – while I really liked the functionality, integration and fluidity of the KitKat experience, there were a few bugs I noticed and a lot more that other editors have seen – some who have now been using it longer than I have – that has colored their perception of the new Google flagship. We've been hearing lots about a magical ''software update'' fixing these issues, and now we have more details.

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Google is getting baked in even deeper into KitKat on the Nexus 5. / © AndroidPIT

Mathew Honan of Wired claims to have learned from Google itself, that operation KitKat optimization will roll out as early as November 13th. With the software fix, the attention will go to Google Now – so the camera problems that are reportedly fixable with better software, will have to wait a little longer. But Google Now, an already great and unusually intelligent feature, should become even more intelligent . How will Google Now get smarter? By asking you questions. When the update arrives, Google Now will have the ability to conduct a rudimentary dialogue with the user.

Honan gives the following scenario as an example: you might say to the Nexus 5, "text Jennifer," and Google Now will reply, "Jennifer who?" if you have several Jennifers in your contacts. You can of course then call on the Nexus 5 to dictate the message. If anyone feels uncomfortable at the thought of making their smartphone a regular interlocutor - welcome to the future. As an aside, I wonder if the prioritizing of frequently dialed contacts in the dialer could be used to let Google Now take a preliminary guess that you mean the Jennifer you text the most instead of always asking which one?

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Google Now will ask questions, search apps and give better location-based cards. / © AndroidPIT

The update will also bring better search results as they relate to your phone's content. If you conduct a Google search, Google Now will have the ability to search your apps and content as well. So, say you're looking for a restaurant and OpenTable has availability, Google Now can show you the result and launch the app for you to complete the reservation. Location data will also be used more extensively to provide more relevant Google Now cards based on your exact location. The example given is a card displaying geyser times if you happen to be at Yellowstone National Park. There's now news on the elusive camera software fix, but it is reportedly imminent. We look forward to seeing how the updates change the Nexus 5 experience.

Are you happy to have even more Google integration in your smartphone? Will you wait to buy a Nexus 5 until you know if the issues are resolved by the software update?

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  • Amy R. Nov 9, 2013 Link

    Haha, heck no! That's why I'll never graduate past 4.1........Sorry Google

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  • G Wilkinson Nov 10, 2013 Link

    The thing with Android is that you can flash a custom ROM on a rooted phone and not bother to flash the Gapps if you don't want Google on your device. You can use Amazon or other sources for apps.

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    Kris Carlon Nov 11, 2013 Link

    Ah but the thing is @Amy, Google is so smart they're gonna figure out a way to get even you!

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  • Amy R. Nov 11, 2013 Link

    @Kris, thankfully, Google hasn't truly been able to probe my device again since I altered my system a few months back.....On the other hand, internet surfing is a whole other thing. It would be extremely difficult because I don't use google search and never use my Android Browser (using only non Google linked browsers from non Google/Amazon linked resources), not to say in isn't possible...........

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