As reported yesterday by Droid-Life, Google Now is slowly rolling out custom voice commands for third party apps. You can now ask your phone to perform actions like “OK Google, Shazam this song” or “OK Google, listen to NPR.” That is, of course if you’re the sort of person that uses Shazam or listens to NPR (I have yet to meet someone who is either).
You can view most of the updated commands here. Some of the newest partners are Flixster, TripAdvisor, Instacart, Lincoln, NPR, TuneIn, Shazam, Trulia, Zillow, and Realtor.com. While those are all nice to have, I’d much prefer to see more useful smart devices like WeMo and Hue added. You can already use “OK Google” commands to control your Nest, which is pretty handy, but being able to easily control the lights with Now commands would be huge.
If you are reading this and asking yourself “What the hell is Google Now?” Or “I have an iPhone, can I get Google Now?” You need to either download the Google app for iPhone or start learning about the awesomeness that is Google Now.