Aug. 29, 2012 at 8:54 PM ET
If you're lucky enough to have a phone running the latest version of Android, an update to Google Now is rolling out Wednesday that lets you check movie times, receive emergency alerts and get the latest scores from the ballgame.
The Google Now service gives personalized capsule responses to common queries about current and local events. The feature was announced in June, but there are still new "cards" (as the special search results are called) being developed.
The latest update brings some extremely practical new cards to Android 4.1 users. One card brings up local movie showtimes, which is probably what you're looking for if you search for a theater or film on your phone. Another (just in time for Isaac) allows emergency messages like storm warnings and earthquake alerts to be pushed to your phone.
And to the delight of many sports fans, another card lets you keep up to date with any of 140 soccer, football, hockey and baseball teams. You can select your favorites from a list or search for them, and can then choose to receive news before, during or after games (or all three).
If you're running Android 4.1, you can download the improved app via the Google Play Store, or very possibly your phone has already detected that the update is ready and will download it automatically.
Devin Coldewey is acontributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website iscoldewey.cc.