Google brings offline support to Google Now on Android devices

One of Google Now’s biggest quirks has been its inability to cope with going offline – go through a subway tunnel and you risk losing those important directions or your parking place. You won’t be left hanging after today, though, as Google has brought offline support to Now on Android phones. So long as you’re using the latest version of the Search app, all your information cards should hang around whenever you’re cut off from the rest of the world. It’s a small change, but it could make a big difference if it keeps you informed while you’re off the grid.

Good news, Android users. The Google Now cards that adorn your smartphone — giving you the forecast, sports scores, commute traffic, event reminders right when you need them — are going offline. Google on Friday announced that the latest version of its Google Search app for Android now includes offline support for Now. This means that going underground or to an area with poor service will no longer mean losing this potentially useful information. “Next time you’re on the subway and want to check on your day’s appointments with Google Now, you won’t have to worry about lack of cell service,” according to a post on the Web giant’s Google+ page. “Starting today … your Google Now cards stay loaded, even when you lose service in the subway… or your favorite underground bar!”


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