Google today updated its main Android and iOS app, Google (formerly known as Google Search), with support for surfacing past and upcoming bills. If you have the payment due date and amount in your Gmail account, the mobile app can now find it.
This is a great addition for anyone who wants to quickly check whether they’ve paid their bills or just needs to determine the exact amount they owe. In case you weren’t getting your bills sent to your inbox, this is naturally an incentive to sign up for email notifications with your Gmail account, which is of course exactly what Google wants.
While today’s feature release is still technically a search function, it has nothing to do with querying the Web — and as we know, Google’s bread and butter is searching the Web and displaying ads. But ever since the release of Google Now, Google’s main app has been transforming into an all-in-one tool. Frankly, we’re surprised the rebranding took so long.
This feature is currently only available on mobile; Google hasn’t indicated if it plans to roll out the same functionality to Google.com or any of its other apps.
Windows and Windows Phone users, don’t hold your breath.
The new version of the Google app, the name which had recently (and quietly) been changed from Google Search to Google, is trickling out slowly. If you don’t see it yet, you should be able to download it soon directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.