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How to Use Google Now on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By Dan Gookin

Don’t worry about your Galaxy Tab controlling too much of your life: The tablet harbors no insidious intelligence, and the Robot Uprising is still years away. Until then, you can use your tablet’s listening capabilities to enjoy a feature called Google Now. It’s not quite like having your own personal Jeeves, but it’s on its way.

Google Now must be activated on your Galaxy Tab. To do so, start the Google app, found on the Apps screen or in the Google folder on the Home screen. Obey the prompts on the screen to obtain Google Now. You might have to tap the Get Google Now link first.

You have plenty of options for starting Google Now. The most obvious is to open the Google Now app. You can also long-press the Home button. The Google Search widget on the Home screen also acts as a doorway into Google Now.

A typical Google Now screen looks like this. Below the Search text box, you’ll find cards. The variety and number of cards depend on how often you use Google Now. The more you use the app, the more cards that appear.

Google Now is ready for business. Or play.
Google Now is ready for business. Or play.

You can use Google Now to search the Internet, just as you’d use Google’s main web page. More interesting than that, you can ask Google Now questions.

  • You can use Google Now features also by touching the Google Search widget. That widget normally comes preinstalled on the Home screen. If not, you can add it there.

  • You cannot manually add cards to the Google Now screen. The best way to get more cards to show up is to use Google Now to search for items of interest.

One way to have a lot of fun is to use the Google Now app verbally. Just say “Okay Google.” Say it out loud. Any time you see the Google Now app, it’s listening to you. Or when the app is being stubborn, tap the Dictation (microphone) icon.

You can speak simple search terms, such as “Find pictures of Megan Fox.” Or you can give more complex orders, among them:

  • Will it rain tomorrow?

  • What time is it in Frankfurt, Germany?

  • How many euros equal $25?

  • What is 103 divided by 6?

  • How can I get to Disneyland?

  • Where is the nearest Canadian restaurant?

  • What’s the score of the Lakers–Celtics game?

  • What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

When asked such questions, Google Now responds with a card as well as a verbal reply. When a verbal reply isn’t available, Google search results are displayed.