02-13-2013, 05:11 PM #1
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I just saw this excellent article pop up on Paul Thurrott's site:
I haven't used Google Now at all, so I have to take what I read about it with a grain of salt, obviously. However, it represents really interesting functionality that I wish Windows Phone had.
02-13-2013, 05:43 PM #4
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Yeah, I won't lie, feeling pretty bummed out about google now and how much better it is than anything currently offered on WP.
I will say that the thing that attracted me to WP is the UI, but the feature set of Android is very compelling. I just wish it weren't so ugly.
- 02-13-2013, 05:57 PM #6
THEY HAVE $64 BILLION in CASH RESERVES.... do something with it... make your OS live up to your promises first, then the potential second...
The mobile market has proven how profitable it can be... Spend money to make money...
02-13-2013, 06:02 PM #7
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Would anyone be interested in starting a thread to brainstorm how a Google now alternative would work? I started writing down ideas in a notebook (including how WP could actually obtain this information about you without being creepy) but I dont want my ideas to go to waste.
I'll make the thread if any of you are interested with my ideas so far. I'm really geeked-up about this!
- 02-13-2013, 06:20 PM #8
I think Microsoft is aiming for a top-down approach... it is as if they want to sell tablets and smartphones as accessories to laptops and desktops, but consumers aren't perceiving things that way. Laptops and desktops are fine, they aren't going away (post-PC nonsense), but it is increasingly smartphones that frame the window to peoples digital presence, not full blown computers. If Microsoft wants to remain relevant in the consumer space, they need to finally realize they are fighting on the wrong battlefield.
They seriously need to let Windows be Windows and put most of those engineers behind WP for a few development cycles... the staff involved with WP and WP/W8/XBox integration needs to quadruple.
Go big or go home... a home without Windows.
- 02-13-2013, 06:21 PM #9
Google Now is like my personal concierge... in a way.
At first I was thinking its just a siri competitor but as it turns out, it is so much more than a voice assistant. Heck I rarely use the voice search function. Never did when it was just plain old google search.
These cards that show up really surprise you sometimes. When I first started to use GNow, while at the grocery store I looked at my notifications and I saw that i had something telling me how long it would take to go home. Crazy. From there you can choose to navigate.
It even knew what grocery store I was at(publix) and left me a card asking if I wanted to do some product research.
At first it doesn't really show much in terms of location based info but it learns and in time you will get notifications\cards. I work from home but I have my daughters school set as a work destination. Over time it learned that I travel to and from my daughters school twice a day and gnow will show me traffic cards when its time for me to leave home\school
Google now was the reason I went back to android. Hopefully microsoft upps the usefulness of their search app. I think its already fine for a basic search tool but something to really compete with gnow.
- 02-13-2013, 06:24 PM #11
- 02-13-2013, 06:48 PM #12
Anyway, there is nothing preventing MS from replicating your band-search and ticket-offer experience on WP. That involves nothing but the search engine. What MS couldn't / wouldn't do is surface that ticket offer based on an e-mail you wrote. If that is what you are after, then yes, Google has an advantage in that area.
- 02-13-2013, 06:58 PM #14
- 02-13-2013, 06:59 PM #15
Take a look at the various Google Now cards. They just recently updated it and included even more cards than before. Pretty powerful stuff!
- 02-13-2013, 07:16 PM #17
02-13-2013, 07:18 PM #18
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Almost none of the cards work in the UK where I am either.
- 02-13-2013, 07:31 PM #21
Google Now is great in the US but not in the UK is what BUSNGABB was saying. And I'm saying that Nokia Maps may be great in other parts of the world but in North America, where I am, it is useless solely based on the fact that the POI database is terribly inaccurate.
- 02-13-2013, 07:49 PM #22
MS' services were never broken off or detached from one another, as they never belonged to a single coherent whole. Being a fragment of something implies having belonged to an unfragmented whole at some point, which MS' individual services never did.
- 02-13-2013, 08:09 PM #24
02-13-2013, 08:27 PM #25
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"Putting aside the understandably troubling aspects of Google’s knowledge about you for a moment, Google Now is a revelation."??? Personally I find this creepy. I certainly do not want a HAL9000 monitoring and recording my every movement. If this is the way all smartphones are going, I'm going to dumb down back to a feature phone. I'd feel much safer. I doubt Microsoft would be allowed to do the same thing without getting sued for invasion of privacy.
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