Bill reminders land in Google Now
Now your phone can make sure you never forget to pay your credit card bill. After circulating as a rumor in March, billing reminders have landed in Google Now.
The new feature relies on bills sent via email to your your Gmail account. Google Now can then harvest that data and surface it right when you need it.
Bill reminders are pretty basic right now, according to Android Police, the site that first spotted the feature. All you'll see in your Google Now card is the name of the billing company, the amount due, the due date, and an option to view the email.
But Android Police says the code for the feature also has options for viewing minimum payments, previous balances, the previous month's bill, and even older bills. So this may only be the beginning of a more full-featured way to keep tabs on your bills in Google Now.
Billing reminders may not work for all your bills, as it appears Google has to target specific providers similar to how the company integrates real-time package tracking.
With options to pay your bills automatically, bill reminders may be a little out of date these days. But for those who can't risk automatic withdrawals before a money refill, bill reminders will definitely come in handy.
Bill reminders join a string of recent improvements to Google Now. Earlier in May, Google added alerts when an item you've searched for is in stock nearby. Before that, Google Now got automatic parking detection and an offline mode.
More recently, a neat Google Now trick was discovered for cancelling an auto-renewing membership. Set a Google Now reminder to cancel Netflix, for example, and the reminder card pops up with a direct link to Netflix's cancellation page.
There may be more Google Now goodness in the works too. Rumor has it that Google Now may finally set an actual timer instead of an alarm when you use a voice command to countdown your hard-boiled eggs.