08-01-2013 10:37 AM
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  1. Cant Miss's Avatar
    Has anybody got these to work with a location? I have set up a couple of these with both an address and even a town, and even when passing completely through the set town I get no notification nor does the reminder appear in Google Now.

    The time based ones do however put up a notification and card in Now. :what:
    05-17-2013 05:44 AM
  2. CoMoNexus's Avatar
    I haven't tried that yet, but I'll be on the road a lot today. Tell me how to configure a location-based reminder, and I'll report back.
    05-17-2013 06:54 AM
  3. Cant Miss's Avatar
    You can say something like "remind me to get paint at Home Depot" or " remind me to call Bob when I get to San Francisco".

    These will bring up a set reminder card in Now. You can also set one up manually in Google Now>Menu>Set Reminder.
    05-17-2013 08:01 AM
  4. dtfamily's Avatar
    I'm having the same problem. I've set up reminders for home and work. On some occasions I will get the reminder after I have been at the location after an hour or more, and sometimes I don't get notified at all? It's showing my location accurately on the phone- just the reminders aren't working correctly. Is this actually working for anyone? I mean, if you go to a location wtih a reminder, do you a) get a reminder, and b) a reminder right away- not hours after you've arrived at the location? I need to determine if it's not working yet, or if I may have an interfering app... THANKS!
    05-17-2013 09:19 AM
  5. dorblayzer's Avatar
    i dont know if its in the new update, or it was before, but i had an appointment two days ago, and suddenly i got a reminder to leave my house at 12:17 so i will get there by 12:30.
    in addition there was a google maps link
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    05-17-2013 12:26 PM
  6. gone down south's Avatar
    i dont know if its in the new update, or it was before, but i had an appointment two days ago, and suddenly i got a reminder to leave my house at 12:17 so i will get there by 12:30.
    in addition there was a google maps link
    That's how its supposed to work. In practice, it's still hit or miss .

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Android Central Forums
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    05-17-2013 03:12 PM
  7. Cant Miss's Avatar
    Well I had a few trigger today while I was out. Before I left I set one up with "remind me to get paper at OfficeMax". But I was in and out of OfficeMax and got nothing!
    While I was leaving I set up "remind me to call Sara upon leaving Placerville" and "remind me to take trash out upon arriving home". While leaving Placerville I heard the notification tone, but had nothing in the notification panel. While stopping to get gas as Crystal View I received both tone and notification for one I set up Wednesday to get propane at Crystal view (although I had been in that vicinity several times prior). And when I arrived home I received the one to take out the trash.

    At this point I can not explain why I am seeing what I am seeing. It certainly seems less than reliable. Cell signal is great in P'ville, yet one was missed entirely. Signal is quite spotty up here, yet I received the one for Crystal View(albeit a day or too after I should have) and the one for Home exactly as expected. I'm not sure how much of this part of Now goes thru G's servers, but Wednesday and yesterday I got nada, and today got 2 and 1/2 out of 4. Possibly G's servers need to ramp up on this in time, but am surprised the servers need to be involved at all for reminders.

    I'll continue to monitor this and share any additional discovery here, and look forward to reading any other experiences folks here may have. Hopefully it gets more reliable as time goes on.
    05-17-2013 04:30 PM
  8. 2defmouze's Avatar
    Mine haven't been as useful or accurate yet either, similar experience to everyone else. I think this one needs a little time to iron out the bugs and perfect it. Great idea tho and I hope they get it working properly soon.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
    05-17-2013 05:39 PM
  9. Andrew Cecere's Avatar
    Okay, so I've been messing with it a little and I have a question. I add a reminder for "Dinner at Sara's house at 6pm" and I go in manually and add the address. when 5:50ish comes, it will show up as a card in google now, and at 6pm I'll get a notification.

    I was hoping that it would look at traffic and estimate a time, then maybe give me a reminder when it is time to leave. Or even 5 mins before. Any ideas if this is possible or how to do this? I can't get any time location features to show up for google now.
    05-18-2013 01:01 PM
  10. greydarrah's Avatar
    Okay, so I've been messing with it a little and I have a question. I add a reminder for "Dinner at Sara's house at 6pm" and I go in manually and add the address. when 5:50ish comes, it will show up as a card in google now, and at 6pm I'll get a notification.

    I was hoping that it would look at traffic and estimate a time, then maybe give me a reminder when it is time to leave. Or even 5 mins before. Any ideas if this is possible or how to do this? I can't get any time location features to show up for google now.
    I'm just guessing here, but that might work better if you have Sara as a contact (with her address) and then make an appointment in your calendar for "Dinner with..." using her full name.
    05-18-2013 01:28 PM
  11. greydarrah's Avatar
    Has anybody got these to work with a location? I have set up a couple of these with both an address and even a town, and even when passing completely through the set town I get no notification nor does the reminder appear in Google Now.

    The time based ones do however put up a notification and card in Now. :what:
    I just finished watching a 20 minute video on the AC home page (Google expanding mark up tools to select partners to influence Google Now cards | Android Central) of a discussion with the lead developer of Google Now. It's worth watching. In the end, I think Now is going to be awesome (unless you're paranoid about Big Brother watching or you're a battery whiner). The location based reminders seem very important to the devs, so I'm guessing we'll see more consistency in it working very soon. They talk about that feature a good bit in the video.
    05-18-2013 01:34 PM
  12. jreacher's Avatar
    Kind of an obvious question but do you have both GPS AND data location services on? Google Now has told me in the past that I need both enabled to get all its functions
    05-18-2013 01:43 PM
  13. Cant Miss's Avatar
    I'm just guessing here, but that might work better if you have Sara as a contact (with her address) and then make an appointment in your calendar for "Dinner with..." using her full name.
    Yes, Now Reminders are only time or location.
    05-18-2013 01:55 PM
  14. Cant Miss's Avatar
    Kind of an obvious question but do you have both GPS AND data location services on? Google Now has told me in the past that I need both enabled to get all its functions
    Yes, all location services have always been on.
    05-18-2013 01:56 PM
  15. greydarrah's Avatar
    Yes, Now Reminders are only time or location.
    One of the things Now is supposed to do is provide travel time for appointments (from the calendar). I haven't paid any attention to whether or not it works.
    05-18-2013 02:18 PM
  16. Cant Miss's Avatar
    One of the things Now is supposed to do is provide travel time for appointments (from the calendar). I haven't paid any attention to whether or not it works.
    It does, if you have those cards turned on. But the topic of this discussion is the new "reminder" capability just recently added.
    05-18-2013 02:21 PM
  17. greydarrah's Avatar
    It does, if you have those cards turned on. But the topic of this discussion is the new "reminder" capability just recently added.
    I realize it's about using "reminders," but sometimes you have to find other ways to accomplish your goals, or spend your time being frustrated with something that doesn't work right. It's pretty clear that at this point in time, "reminders" aren't fully functional.
    05-18-2013 03:41 PM
  18. C0deM0nkey's Avatar
    Reminders are fully functional.
    I set one on Thursday for "Tomorrow" at Work (my stored work location) and it triggered on my arrival at work on Friday morning when I checked in in Latitude.

    They are triggered by arrival at the specified location (when set) - I tested this by setting one for home on a day when I would be at home all day and it didn't trigger.
    05-18-2013 05:07 PM
  19. Mellimel22's Avatar
    My Google now service works without location on but I have WiFi on even without using it.

    Sent from my Sprint Galaxy Nexus rockin 4.2.2 using Tapatalk 2
    05-18-2013 05:09 PM
  20. Cant Miss's Avatar
    I realize it's about using "reminders," but sometimes you have to find other ways to accomplish your goals, or spend your time being frustrated with something that doesn't work right. It's pretty clear that at this point in time, "reminders" aren't fully functional.
    I have been using Tasker for geofenced notifications for some time and it has worked well, with the exception being it is much more time consuming to set up new locations. So rather thananother workaround, I am looking to share experiences with folks based on the topic at hand.

    I set up 2 location based reminders today before going out. This time they were 2 for 2, with me getting the notifications within a couple of minutes of arriving at the set locations. I noticed that the corresponding cards were not displayed at the time of the notifications however, with them showing up a little bit later (after having dismissed the notifications). Decidedly different behavior than time based reminders whose cards are available in Now for a period (within the hour I think) prior to the notifications.

    While I was out I also noticed a reminder on my Nexus 4 that I had set on my Nexus 7. This "reminded" me that if you have multiple devices using the same account there might be some interference. Not sure just what Google's algorithms look like for determining which device is the trigger for geofenced events (just the one in motion, in order via syncing, etc.), and whether or not there's any usage history that is kept and learned from. I only know that within the course of 3 days, I have gone from 0% reliability to 100%, albeit with very limited trials.

    Like so much of Android, it would be nice if Google would explain how some of this stuff works rather than us having to discover it via the Braille method. In any event, the more I use it, the better it seems to work. But I can't say at this point whether it is the actual usage that's helping, or just Google ramping up on it over time.
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    05-18-2013 05:34 PM
  21. tgp's Avatar
    The reminders have been working great for me, such as "Remind me to get the mail when I get home." One thing I haven't figured out though is how to activate it by store name only, rather than a specific store. For example, a couple days ago I was in a neighboring town and I set a reminder to buy something at Walmart. Since a Walmart was close by I went there to get it but the notification never popped up. This morning, 2 days later, I stopped at my local Walmart on the way to work and the notification appeared! Evidently GN set the location to my local Walmart. I wanted the reminder to alert me when I arrived at any Walmart, not just the store close to my house. Is setting location strictly by name theoretically possible? Maybe I'm missing something simple, but I haven't figured it out yet.
    06-27-2013 11:56 AM
  22. Cant Miss's Avatar
    I don't think so. It simply isn't that smart, and if it was it'd probably kill battery life.

    When it sets up the reminder, it searches for location and sets up the geofence. It isn't looking for a Walmart at point, only a location.
    06-28-2013 08:40 AM
  23. RenoD2010's Avatar
    i dont know if its in the new update, or it was before, but i had an appointment two days ago, and suddenly i got a reminder to leave my house at 12:17 so i will get there by 12:30.
    in addition there was a google maps link
    So far the "you need to leave now" reminders HAVE been working for me. I don't always remember to leave on my GPS so I can't speak to the reliability and functionally of location based reminders.

    Sent from my LG-E970 using AC Forums mobile app
    06-28-2013 08:57 AM
  24. minnemike's Avatar
    Not directly related, but whenever I casually search for anything with a location in google on my desktop or any computer, google now will instantly tell me how long it takes to get there with maps! Kinda annoying in some regard... but highly useful if ever needed! lol I can say with confidence that at least this feature works with fervor.
    06-28-2013 02:17 PM
  25. 2defmouze's Avatar
    Not directly related, but whenever I casually search for anything with a location in google on my desktop or any computer, google now will instantly tell me how long it takes to get there with maps! Kinda annoying in some regard... but highly useful if ever needed! lol I can say with confidence that at least this feature works with fervor.
    Funny this used to work seamlessly for me and I learned to use it well and rely on it, but lately it hasn't worked; Now does not show any recent Maps searches for me. I suspect it might be since I'm viewing the "preview" version of the new Maps on the computer. Anyone else happen to find the same thing using it?
    06-28-2013 09:04 PM
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