The Information reports Google (GOOG +2.1%) has talked with H-P (HPQ +0.5%) and others about bringing its Google Now voice search/virtual assistant platform to the enterprise. Google and H-P are also said to have talked about creating an enterprise-specific Nexus device.
Now, beloved by many Android users for its ability to analyze user data and preferences to send time and location-sensitive notifications, would reportedly be used to allow employees to "ask their Android device for company information such as financial data or product inventory information in the same way they do routine personal searches."
Google is said to view an enterprise version of Now (often favorably compared to Apple's Siri) as a way to narrow iOS' enterprise activation lead. Apple is just a month removed from announcing a huge partnership with IBM; The Information says Apple talked with H-P about a Siri deal before reaching an agreement with Big Blue.
Eric Schmidt mentioned last year Now could be used in the future to handle enterprise analytics applications, and thus address a burgeoning market for analytics tools that can be used by non-IT workers. The Web giant has long offered enterprise search appliances that can handle a variety of file types.
H-P's Autonomy (enterprise search/pattern recognition) and Vertica (analytics database) offerings could aid Google's effort.