> Because it is my work phone and doesn't relate to me as a private person too much I thought I could try Google Now which is advertised as a help in life without the need of you adding data manually.
The whole premise of Google Now is that it is a help in life "without the need of you adding data manually" because it leverages information from your Google Account which, presumably, does relate to your "life as a private person" quite deeply.
If your whole basis for trying it out in a particular context is that that context is isolated from most of your life, yeah, its not going to work.
It's like choosing to try out a Ferrari in the middle of the Sahara desert because its isolated from paved roads.
At first, maybe it did. Over time results have seemed to become random and uninteresting, as others have suggested.
"Google Now == Great Big Meh" in my book.
Does Google suffer from "shiny" disorder? Do they come up with cool ideas, jump on, do cool stuff, only to get distracted when things get challenging? That would explain Now and a great many other things.
Being more of a music guy than a sports fan, too much of what I'm actually interested in is just not hooked into Google. If Now could aggregate band/comedian tours stopping in town, album releases, local symphonic events, I'd use it every day. I wish it could alert me when a new Netflix series I'm into is premiering. I'm surprised that none of the big players have aquired Songkick, which is what I use for these kinds of events, or something similar.
But nowdays I don't use it. The clever reminder is too random to be relied upon (I guess it has trouble recognizing addresses which include company or building name) and rest of the cards are either wrong or irrelevant.
To make things worse Nexus5+KitKat desperately pushes 'Now': left unremovable homescreen = Now, top unremovable search bar = Now, bottom unremovable swipe = Now. Now! Now! (I've had to remove Google launcher just to get rid of it).
Google Now would often display travel time to locations and other irrelevant information based on my recent searches. Even though the information was irrelevant. It had no idea WHY I searched for a restaurant in Bordeaux, for example. Sigh. Pointless indeed.
None of these are things I couldn't live without; most just save a click or two. But I find them useful.
If I was into any of the big American sports I think it would be cool. Alas, my interest is in Formula 1 and Rugby Union, neither of which have any coverage in Now.
Also, because I tend to not watch either of these sports live, I suspect that Now would just spoilerize my interests anyway.
On nexus 5 and primary phone for all emails.