Google’s new take on Siri is more than a voice-activated search tool—it’s a full-fledged digital assistant. Here are four things we love about Google Now.
1. It’s easy to use on mobile with the surprisingly accurate voice search (prompted by “OK Google”).
2. It can scan your location, search history, or confirmation e-mails—all to offer personalized updates (when to leave for the airport, for example) on virtual cards.
3. It anticipates your needs, telling you the local weather or how to get to your Airbnb rental before you think to ask.
4. It’s opt-in, customizable, and not just for Android phones. (On iOS? The free Google app contains all Now features.)
Tom Samiljan is Travel + Leisure’s Tech Correspondent.