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Google adds new feature to Now that reminds you to pay your bills

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.

As predicted back in March based on an APK teardown, Google Now has received bill reminder integration via your Gmail account. The level of detail for some billers seems fairly basic at the moment: Google Now identifies emails in your Gmail account as bills, and a card will show up with the name of the biller, the amount due, the due date, and an option to view the email the bill was sent with. The “Pay now” image we mocked up doesn’t look exactly like what our tipster sent, but that’s probably because this bill isn’t for a billing provider Google Now has achieved rich integration with. What you’re seeing is probably the most basic incarnation of the feature, whereas other billers may have or receive in the future more detailed information and options for action (such as paying your bill).

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