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Report: Google Now may get business-friendly in partnership with HP

HP may tap into Google's search power to create a better virtual office assistant.

According to The Information, the two companies are in talks to use Google Now, the company's context-based search tool, for accessing company data. 

For example, employees could consult their Android device for product inventory or financial data. 

Currently, Google Now is designed as a consumer-friendly tool, tapping into your Google content database to bring forth restaurant suggestions and notify you about airport gate changes and hotel check-in information. 

The Google Now Launcher also works on Android devices running 4.1 or higher, placing the program just one swipe away from the home screen. The company continues to bring in more features and content into Google Now, recently adding cards for train and bus reminders stores in Gmail.

The report does not indicate if the auto-suggest style of Google Now would remain the same, though it could be useful for reminding employees about conference calls or upcoming project deadlines. 

Google is likely looking to build this partnership as a way to keep pace with Apple, which is developing a stronger hand in enterprise. It recently announced a partnership with one-time rival IBM to develop iOS apps built specifically for corporate use. 

Microsoft remains another key competitor, pushing Windows, Surface, and now a strong presence on iOS with Office and OneDrive apps for the iPad.

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