[Updated] Some fun stuff to do with Google Now – Some Easter eggs too

It’s no secret that Google wants to compete with Apple in almost all areas. In fact Google’s main rival in the smartphone sector is Apple. When Apple launched Siri, Google Now was the answer to that from Google. They are obviously not the same, but indeed have a lot of similarities. Many commands work with both and give mostly the same answer or reaction. The major difference is Google Now is its capability of changing the whole user experience of the OS. Day by day this capability of Google Now is increasing and to be frank in near future it will be one of the best voice-assistant ever, in fact it will be much more than just a voice assistant. The only complaint about Google Now was how it is no fun to interact with. But Google has hidden a lot of Easter eggs in Google Now to make the experience fun. But in my opinion it doesn’t matter if it’s fun or not, I just want it to work and Google Now does that always, even with my Indian accent.

Now let’s see some of the Google Now commands, some fun things to do with and then some hidden Easter eggs.

Let’s go with the general voice commands first:

Google is the search engine giant, so a product from Google will have the search features highlighted. In “Google Now” also it is not different. We will start with some Google Now commands for searching and knowing the exact answer instead of a list of webpages which may have the answer.

  • Search for [Pizza recipes]
  • Open [gmail/youtube/app name]
  • Translations – Say “what is your name in Spanish.”
  • Meanings and definitions – What is the meaning of obscure
  • Sports schedule and information
    • When is [Next Barcelona game]
    • Show me [Premier League] table
    • Did [Barcelona] win their last game
  • Science and other fields’ questions & answers
    • What is milky way
    • Who invented telephone
    • Who is married to Gwyneth Paltrow
    • Stock price of Google
    • Author of Harry Potter
    • How old is Larry Page
  • Weather information and forecasts
    • Will it rain today/tomorrow/etc
    • Is it going to rain today/Monday/etc
    • How is the weather in [place] on [day]
  • Date and Time
    • What is the time in [place]
    • When is the sunset/sunrise in [Place]
    • What is the time zone of [place]
  • Calculations
    • What is the tip for [amount]
    • [convert] currency/measurement [unit] to currency/measurement [unit]
    • All basic mathematic calculations(how much is 10 times 20, square root of 81, etc)
  • Flight information and schedules
    • Flight [number]
    • Flight status of [number]
    • Has flight [number] landed
    • When will flight [number] land/depart
  • Web browsing
    • Post to Google+
    • Go to [TechNewsCentral]
    • Open [XDA]
    • Show me [Wikipedia]
    • Browse to [Wikipedia]
  • Entertainment
    • Listen to/play [intro] by [the XX]
    • Youtube [fail compilation]
    • Who acted in [Transcendence]
    • Who is the producer of [Ex Machina]
    • Runtime of [The Wolf of Wallstreet]
  • System related tasks
    • Set reminders/Alarms
      • Remind me to [check my office email] at [6 PM]
      • Remind me [when I get/next time I am at] [home/work/other place] [to send an email to Bob]
      • Wake me up in [3 hours]
      • Set alarm for 9 AM
    • Search for [document name]
    • Set the temperature to [50] degrees.
    • “Take a selfie” opens the camera app, but not set to the front camera.
    • Notes/Calendar events
      • Note to self [Support ticket number for ISP issue is ATK09876]
      • Create calendar event [Meeting Mike] [Sunday 10 AM]
    • Calls and Messages
      • Call Martin
      • Send email to Sam [Subject: meeting] [Message: I will be there by 6PM]
      • Send sms to Sam [tadaa]
    • Maps and Navigation
      • Show me nearby [hospital/shop/gas station/etc] on map
      • Navigate me to [place]
      • How far is [place1] from [place2]
      • Directions to [address/place]

That sums up the section of Google Now commands. If you want to have a look at the official list of Google Now commands, here it is: Link

Now comes the Easter Eggs part.

  • Do a barrel roll
  • “up up down down left right left right”
  • Tell me a joke
  • “What is an upper decker?” – hilarious answer, but slightly nsfw.
  • “What is a rusty trombone?”
  • What does the Fox say
  • What’s the loneliest number
  • Make me a sandwich
  • When am I
  • “Who’s on first” replies with “what’s on second”
  • Okay Jarvis(Works in Moto X , not sure about other devices)
  • Beam me up Scotty
  • Instead of “OK Google” you can use “Hey Google“, “OK Computer“, “OK Jarvis“, “OK Glass
  • Saying “Make me a sandwich” – responds “What? Make it yourself” or “Poof, you’re a sandwich
  • Sudo/Sudu, make me a sandwich” – responds “OK
  • Saying “Beam me up Scotty” – responds “I cannot do it captain, I don’t have the power” (in a terrible Scottish accent)
  • Asking “When am I?” – responds “The present, of course. Tardis functionality is still under development, sorry.
  • Asking “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?” – responds – “Did you mean airspeed velocity of African/European unladen swallow?
  • Asking “Who are you?” – responds “Searching for oneself can take a lifetime, but a good place to start is classic rock.
  • Asking “What is the nature of the universe?” – responds “The universe is a spheroid, 705 meters in diameter
  • Asking “What is your favourite colour?” – responds “It’s hard to pick just one.
  • Asking “What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?” – responds – “The answer to life, the universe and everything is 42.
  • Saying “Do a barrel roll” – makes the search results page roll like on web.
  • Saying “Askew or “Tilt” – gives you a tilted search results page like on web.

With that I am winding up this article. I hope you have more Google Now commands in your arsenal than you had before reading this article. If you happen to know any Google Now commands or Easter Eggs for Google Now, please share it by commenting below. Share your thoughts about Google Now too.

Source: Most of the easter eggs are from XDA-Dev

29 Comments
  1. Reply Marcus Dec 6, 2013 at 10:04 am

    This happend to me :D

    http://youtu.be/XV0XRyym7t4

    • Reply Plato P Dec 8, 2013 at 7:56 am

      The last one was funny! xD

      • Reply bazli Apr 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm

        What does the fox say

  2. Reply KestrelKnight Jul 17, 2014 at 7:21 am

    If you say, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” Google responds with, “Actually, Count Ruben killed Inigo Montoya’s father.”

    Geez, a spoiler alert would’ve been nice.

  3. Reply Raphael Williams Sep 25, 2014 at 3:36 am

    Google has dropped the ball hard…

    When you say the following ” Ok Google, we have enemy ships in sector 27″ It does NOT Respond ” IT’S A TRAP”

    FIX IT GOOGLE, FIX IT NOW

    • Reply Faris Almasso Oct 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      I said ” Ok Google, Where are they taking the Hobbits?” it does not respond with “Isengard”!!!

      Fix it Google! Fix it right now!

  4. Reply beepboop Jan 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    OK Google. Lions and tigers and bears.

  5. Reply Michael Ireland Mar 2, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Another Easter Egg: “Okay Google: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” It answers: “A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”

    “Sudo Make Me A Sandwich” now brings up a map to the closest sandwich joint and says, “Here is [name of shop]”

    • Reply TechNewsCentral Mar 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Michael! We will add that to the collection.

  6. Reply fullforce098 Mar 31, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    The “When am I” Doctor Who easter egg doesn’t work anymore, and I’m in a frothy rage about it.

    • Reply Mark Jul 9, 2015 at 12:02 am

      If you say Ok Google it still does

      • Reply Doktor Jones Feb 25, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        Not any more. Tried “Ok Google”, “When am I”, and it gave me some inane information about the current time.

        • Mark Feb 25, 2016 at 5:10 pm

          Say it as one sentence “OK google when am i”

        • Doktor Jones Feb 26, 2016 at 7:09 pm

          “The time is 2:08pm”. No wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff :/

    • Reply John McAfee Jan 29, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      I’m late to the party here but “When am I” stopped working for me about a year ago too. I’m not happy about it either.

  7. Reply Samantha Taylor Nov 9, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    OK Google where r ya

  8. Reply Samantha Taylor Nov 9, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    OK google: thank u

  9. Reply Samantha Taylor Nov 9, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    OK google: what can u do

  10. Reply Samantha Taylor Nov 9, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    OK Google : Bacon number of (actor/actress name)

  11. Reply Samantha Taylor Nov 9, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    OK Google: I like u or I love u :)

  12. Reply Adiel Nov 19, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    LOL, a few of the commands do not work as per functional spec. The “why do flamingos stand on leg commentary is so fast
    google voice forgot to breathe

  13. Reply Perlite Dec 6, 2015 at 11:01 am

    When asked “What’s your favorite color” it responds with, “Pictures of Google” or “Google, here you go”.
    You can also use “What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?” as a number in an equation. “Ok Google. What is the answer to life, the universe and everything divided by 7?” To which it responds “6”.

  14. Reply Roberta Anderson Jan 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    OK Google… what is a warm Carl? Ctfu or what is an angry dragon??

  15. Reply Ron Feb 8, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Say OK Google then OK Google what’s your favorite color she said it’s hard to pick just one.

  16. Reply Chase Wallace Feb 17, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    If you say “You fight like a dairy farmer” google will reply “How appropriate you fight like a cow” Monkey Island reference

  17. Reply MountainDew Jun 5, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    While looking at an address on your screen, say “HOW FAR IS IT?” and it will scan the screen and tell you how far it is from you to the address you’re looking at.

  18. Reply Michelle Thomas Aug 19, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Say, who is Jack.

    • Reply André Carvalho Sep 17, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Damn, that was funny.

  19. Reply Kathleen Trindade Nov 16, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Harry Potter egg: “OK, Google…Lumos”. Turns on the flashlight. (Pixel XL)

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