A feature for the forgetful!
Trouble remembering important paperwork? Google's high-tech virtual assistant for Android and iOS has a new feature you'll love!
After testing with a limited audience, Google has updated its mobile search app to show both upcoming and past bills it finds in your Gmail.
Mortgage? Credit cards? Gym membership? Late fees can add up and Google wants to help you avoid that.
“When you can’t remember whether you’ve paid your bills — or you simply can’t remember how much money you need to pay — you can now just ask Google,” the company writes. “Tap the mic on the Google app (g.co/googleapp) and say, ‘Show me my bills’ or ‘My bills due this week.’ If you have the payment due date and amount in your Gmail, you’ll see a quick summary of upcoming and past bills.”
The Google Now personal assistant technology tries to anticipate users’ needs and send useful information before they ask for it. Google already scans users’ email accounts for flight information, hotel reservations and packages that may be delivered soon from online order confirmations.
But the fact that Google is reading your bills via email may worry privacy advocates. There's a prompt when Google shows a bill that attempts to address that concern. When the amount due is shown at the top of a list of search results, it says “Only you can see this result”. Good to know that the internet world can't see how much you owe.