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By lanwarrior, Senior Member on 25th February 2014, 07:27 PM
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I know GNow kills battery due to the constant GPS use, but I was willing to give it a try if it "help" me with my life activities. However, the result has been less than impressive:

1). Weather
Always off by 5-10 degrees (California)

2). Public Transportation
Always informed me of the "nearest" train station, which I do NOT use and I use the other one (BART in California)

3). Package tracking
Never worked for me, especially now Amazon stop including the tracking number in their email.

So what else is GNow used for? How does that working out for you?
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25th February 2014, 07:34 PM |#2  
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I find the delays on the motorway useful for my commute. Mine doesn't use GPS constantly.

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25th February 2014, 07:34 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by lanwarrior

I know GNow kills battery due to the constant GPS use, but I was willing to give it a try if it "help" me with my life activities. However, the result has been less than impressive:

1). Weather
Always off by 5-10 degrees (California)

2). Public Transportation
Always informed me of the "nearest" train station, which I do NOT use and I use the other one (BART in California)

3). Package tracking
Never worked for me, especially now Amazon stop including the tracking number in their email.

So what else is GNow used for? How does that working out for you?

1. Weather is usually right...same area as you. It does the same thing as searching "weather in san francisco" in google.
2. Yeah that doesn't work.
3. That only worked when I ordered my N5. Amazon used to work, now it doesn't.

I just turned it off. I can still use all the voice commands, so it isn't a big deal.
25th February 2014, 07:35 PM |#4  
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I don't mind it. Tracks similar articles referencing search strings, tracks sports teams. Liked the Olympic tracking although you could not specify what country you are tracking. Also like the tourists locations when out of town. I don't really notice a battery difference except after a day or 2 without rebooting (doesn't allow device to sleep. Reboot and it's all good again.)

Has a fair bit of potential and looking forward to future updates.

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I find the delays on the motorway useful for my commute. Mine doesn't use GPS constantly.

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Doesn't do that in the US. At least not where I am.
25th February 2014, 07:48 PM |#6  
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for me its useful for the following:
  1. weather
  2. traffic congestion
  3. sports scores and match reminders
  4. flight reminders
  5. package tracking
25th February 2014, 08:00 PM |#7  
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for me its useful for the following:

  1. flight reminders
  2. package tracking

Does these tracking only works with the Gmail account which you activated Google Now with?

Example:
1). I use 2 Gmail accounts --> A and B
2). A is activated for GNow
3). B is used for online shopping (package tracking, flight confirmation, etc.)

If I forward package / flight email confirmation from B, will GNow tracks it too even though it is only associated with A?
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Originally Posted by lanwarrior

Does these tracking only works with the Gmail account which you activated Google Now with?

Example:
1). I use 2 Gmail accounts --> A and B
2). A is activated for GNow
3). B is used for online shopping (package tracking, flight confirmation, etc.)

If I forward package / flight email confirmation from B, will GNow tracks it too even though it is only associated with A?

i have 2 gmail accounts too but i can only get notifications/reminders from the primary account. in the google now settings under accounts & privacy you can switch accounts so i guess it only works for one account at a time.
25th February 2014, 08:17 PM |#9  
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i have 2 gmail accounts too but i can only get notifications/reminders from the primary account. in the google now settings under accounts & privacy you can switch accounts so i guess it only works for one account at a time.

Forwarding the email to the primary account doesn't work?
25th February 2014, 08:19 PM |#10  
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Forwarding the email to the primary account doesn't work?

It works for me for flight tickets. Haven't tried it for anything else.

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Strange, like everyone else, amazon tracking stopped worked a while back. However, I ordered a cable from amazon yesterday, and google now offered me a tracking option. I click it, and it takes me to the UPS site and offers tracking info. I'm looking at the shipping email in my gmail (desktop), I can't see any tracking number.

Viewing the source, I see it now. Amazon includes the ups tracking number in the link, and google now is scraping it.

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