[Updated] Some fun commands for Google Now / Home and Assistant – 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.

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 commands for searching in Google Assistant and knowing the exact answer instead of a list of webpages which may have the answer.

Ok Google Now Commands and tricks

  • 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. You can also have a look at the official list of Google Now commands. Now comes the Easter Eggs part.

Ok Google Now Easter Eggs

  • 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.

Google Home / Assistant Easter Eggs

  • “OK Google, beatbox.”
  • “OK Google, can you rap?”
  • “OK Google, sing a song.”
  • “OK Google, sing ‘Happy Birthday.'”
  • “OK Google, entertain me.”
  • “OK Google, surprise me.”
  • “OK Google, give me a random number between X and Y.”
  • “OK Google, read a poem.”
  • “OK Google, bark like a dog.”
  • “OK Google, do you speak Morse code?”
  • “OK Google, do a barrel roll.”
  • “OK Google, what are the three laws of robotics?”
  • “OK Google, how old are you?”
  • “OK Google, make me laugh.”
  • “OK Google, what am I thinking right now?”
  • “OK Google, do you ever get tired?”
  • “OK Google, what is your quest?”
  • “OK Google, did you fart?”
  • “OK Google, what’s brown and sounds like a bell?”
  • “OK Google, what did my cat say?”
  • “OK Google, tell me about Alexa.”
  • “OK Google, are you friends with Alexa/Cortana/Siri?”
  • “OK Google, what did my cat say?”
  • “OK,Google, Hodor.”
  • “OK Google, wubba lubba dub dub.”
  • “OK Google, up, up, down, down, left, right, B, A.”
  • “OK Google, do you like Star Trek or Star Wars?”
  • “OK Google, aren’t you a little short for a storm trooper?”
  • “OK Google, set phasers to kill.”
  • “OK Google, what is the loneliest number?”
  • “OK Google, here comes dat boi.”
  • “OK Google, who’s the fairest of them all?”
  • “OK Google, where’s Waldo?”
  • “OK Google, what’s cooler than being cool?”
  • “OK Google, is the cake a lie?”
  • “OK Google, who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman?”
  • “OK Google, are you feeling lucky?”
  • “OK Google, crystal ball.”
  • “OK Google, Mad Libs.”

With that I am winding up this article. I hope you have more commands for Google Now and Google Home 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 and CNET