Around a fortnight after Google started the broader roll-out of the Bill Alert card in Google Now, the search giant has announced that the consumers will now also be able to ask it for any upcoming due bills.
“When you can’t remember whether you’ve paid your bills—or you simply can’t remember how much money you need to pay—you can now just ask Google,” the company noted in a Google+ post.
According to the company, the users can just tap the mic in Search app or say Ok Google to trigger the voice search and say – “Show me my bills” or “My bills due this week,” to get information about the pending bills. Google uses the billing related emails arriving in your Gmail to provide you with this information. This feature will only work for the consumers, who use Gmail as their primary mailbox and get most, if not all bills, in their Gmail inbox. Also, at this point, Google only seems to be able to read what is written directly in the email body and not the attachment. As many service providers send out bills in the form of attachments, the feature won’t work with such bills.
As the part of the bill-related information, Google will provide the due date, service provider name and amount to be paid.