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Google’s personal assistant, Google Now, was introduced in the Jelly Bean version of it Android operating system and substantially enhanced in the Kit Kat version.  Simply by saying “O.K. Google” and asking a command, it is easy to access all types of useful information.  The information below comes from Marc Knoll at (1/10/2015), at this LINK.



General Commands

    “Search for [chicken recipes]?”
    “Say [where is the supermarket] in [Spanish]?”
    “What is [Schrodinger’s cat]?”
    “Who invented [the internet]?”
    “What is the meaning of [life]?”
    “Who is married to [Ben Affleck]?”
    “Stock price of [Apple]”
    “Author of [Game of Thrones]”
    “How old is [Michael Jordan]?”
    “Post to Google+ [feeling great]”

Notes & Reminders

    “Remind me to [buy milk] at [5 PM]”
    “Remind me [when I get / next time I’m at] [home / work / other location] [to send an email to John]”
    “Wake me up in [5 hours]”
    “Note to self: [I parked my car in section D]”
    “Set alarm for [8 PM]”

Time & Date

    “What time is it in [Tokyo]?”
    “When is the sunset [in Chicago (optional)]”
    ”What is the time zone of [Berlin]”
    “Time at home”
    “Create a calendar event: [Dinner in New York] [Saturday at 8 PM]”


    “Call [Daniel]”
    “Call [mum / dad / wife / uncle / aunt …]”
    “Send [email] to Daniel, [Subject: Meeting], [Message: Will be there in 5]”
    “Send [SMS] to Philipp mobile, don’t forget to buy milk”
    ”[Contact name]”


    “Is it going to rain [tomorrow / Monday]”
    “What’s the weather in [Boston]?”
    “How’s the weather in [Portland] on [Wednesday] going to be?”

Maps & Navigation

    “Map of [Flagstaff]”
    “Show me the nearby [restaurant] on map”
    “Navigate to [Munich] on car”
    “How far is [Berlin] from [Munich]?”
    “Directions to [address / business name / other destination]”

Conversions & Calculations

    “What is the tip for [125] dollars?”
    “Convert [currency / length …] to [currency / length …]”
    “How much is [18] times [48]?”
    “What is [45] percent of [350]?”
    “Square root of [81]”
    “….. equals”


    “How are [the New York Yankees] doing?”
    “When is the next [Los Angeles Lakers] game?”
    “Show me the [Premier League] table”
    “Did [Bayern Munich] win their last game?”

Flight Information

    “Flight [AA 125]?”
    “Flight status of [AA 125]”
    “Has [LH 210] landed?”
    “When will [AA 120] land / depart?”

Web Browsing

    “Go to [Huffington Post]?”
    “Open []”
    “Show me []”
    “Browse to []”


    “Listen to / play [Intro] by [The XX]?”
    “YouTube [fail compilation]?”
    “Who acted in [Ocean’s 11]?”
    “Who is the producer of [Gladiator]?”
    “When was [Alien] released?”
    “Runtime of [Avatar]”
    “Listen to TV”
    “What’s this song?”

Drive / Nest Integration

    “Search for [document name] on Drive.”
    “Set the temperature to [72] degrees.”

Many more commands with the app “Commandr“

    “Turn on/off flashlight” / “Flashlight on/off”
    “[Wifi / Bluetooth / GPS / Wireless Hotspot] on/off.”
    “Lock phone”

Easter Eggs

    “Do a barrel roll”
    “What’s the loneliest number?”
    “Make me a sandwich!”
    “Sudo make me a sandwich!”
    “When am I?”
    “Okay Jarvis, …” (Instead of “Okay Google, …”)
    “Who are you?”
    “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”
    “Beam me up, Scotty!”
    “Tilt” or “Askew”
    “What is your favorite color?”
    “Up up down down left right left right”
    “Tea, Earl Grey, hot” (That’s a tricky one)
    “Go go gadget [app name]”
    “When does the narwhal bacon?”
    “What is the Bacon number of [random actor]?”
    “What does the fox say?”


Google is constantly creating new commands, so search the Internet for more.  Also, the Google Now Commandr plugs into Google Now’s voice assistant and you can create new commands of your own that will be used just like all of the one’s above (e.g. What’s on TV Guide tonight?).



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