Google Now is great, but it’s not the only way to get useful information from Google on your smartphone. If you want Google Now-style data, but don’t have a Jelly Bean (or rooted Ice Cream Sandwich phone), just fire up Google Talk on your smartphone and add [email protected] to your contact list. Ask Guru what you want to know, and get instant, useful replies.
Once Guru is in your contacts list, commands like “weather: city” will give you the current conditions in that location, and “score: team” will help you find the score of a game you’re interested in, or the last game your favourite team played. Here are all of the commands guru understands that we know of:
- Score: team
- Weather: city
- Define: word
- Translate: word
- Web: query (performs a Google web search)
- Calculate: formula
It’s not totally Google Now, because it doesn’t have useful features like traffic alerts, turn-by-turn directions and other device control features, but it does a great job of answering questions and giving you quick access to web searches and other useful information. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the discussions below.
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