Well it has been a while since I have a made a blog post but I thought this would be a good one. NOTE: This is a very Pro Google post. If you don’t like Google, other Cloud Providers or your a Technophobe you can stop reading now.
Say OK to Google
Google services for those who have not used them, are very impressive. I can’t think of a day going by without saying “Ok Google” into my phone to look up some pertinent information. A lot of people worry about Google having too much of your information. I’m here to tell you even if you do not Google every service has information on you and that is OK. (see what I did there)
Here is an example of how great Google can be. I recently had to take a family member to the airport. They emailed me the itinerary/e-ticket info.
Upon receiving this email GMail immediately added the event to my Calendar. The day before the flight Google Now started showing me weather in the destination city and was ready to guide to a location using Google Maps.
This is just some of the power of Google. By not not using Google or even other Cloud Providers (Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, etc..) you don’t truly get the value out of your device. Your phone should make your life easier so let it help you get things done.
If you aren’t using Google Photos you should give it try. The latest version of Google Photos can categorize all your picture without any effort on your part. Want to remember a car you took a picture of ? Just go to your Photos and search for Car. No need to tag a picture with Google’s advanced deep learning. It knows what is in your pictures. It knows how to find things you might not realize you forgot. It also can see every face in every picture you have taken. Now you might wonder why you would want a feature like this. The biggest event in my life so far has been my wedding. Now I don’t know how most weddings go but a lot of people showed up I have not seen in a long time and it is hard to get time to see everyone while you are, you know, getting married.
With Google Photos I can easily select face and it will show me every picture of that person I have uploaded (NOTE: I have all my wedding photos from the photographer uploaded to Photos)
Now on Tap
One of the newest features for Android is Now on Tap. I recently have just started using this on my Nexus 9. This is a great feature you can use anywhere to get context information on what your looking at. Example I got an email about an upcoming UFC match that involves Benson Henderson. By holding down the Home button I Google has now read the screen and determined I would like information about “Benson Henderson“. Such as news links, info about his matches, his Twitter, Facebook etc… This works in emails, web and various apps. Apple (Proactive) and Microsoft have this feature as well.
The Future of Payments: Android Pay
Modern phones have access to new and exciting payment options. With Google’s Android Pay I can quickly go into say Panera Bread and quickly pay for my meal without getting out my credit card. Apple Pay can even even do this from the Apple Watch. This is a great way to pay in a very secure method. In the U.S. we recently passed the deadline for Chip & Pin Payments. People need to get on board with this safer way of paying and catch up with the rest of the world. (I’m looking at you Europe)
Now you might be thinking you have to hand over a lot of information to these companies to get these features. Though this is true the trade-off is well worth it. I can see so many people now who say they don’t want to use Google because they track them. Let me tell you something most people worried about being tracked have little to fear (and usually nothing of significance that needs). These are the same people who walk into Home Depot and Target (who have an awful track record or letting anyone steal your data out of security laziness). These are the same people who shop on Amazon, well guess what Amazon probably knows more about you than Google when it comes to your shopping habits. Afraid of Google Maps, but you shopped on Amazon, don’t worry they know your location and a lot more info (see chart below)
In closing I’m happy with Google Services and that’s not to say other services are not as good. This is just a very Pro Google Blog Post. So let go and Google into your workflow. Start getting loud and jump in the cloud.(yeah I know that one sounded bad to me as well) If your going to pay so much for a phone/data plan why not get the value of it.
I did not discuss Google Drive or its competitors here as feel people are already familiar with the file storage services.