Google To Add Google Now, Siri-Like Feature To Search App For iPhone And iPad

Google has just announced that it will be launching add Google Now-like feature to the Google Search app for the iPhone and the iPad in the next few days.

Search Engine Land reports that Google announced this at a special press breakfast today.

If you’re not aware, Google Now is a Siri-like feature that Google had released with Jelly Bean – the latest version of Android. Here’s the description of the feature from Google Now page:

Google Now gets you just the right information at just the right time.

It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform, or your favorite team’s score while they’re playing. And the best part? All of this happens automatically. Cards appear throughout the day at the moment you need them.           

Some of that functionality is now coming to the iPhone and iPad. Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land who was present at the press briefing had this to say:

Screenshots coming, but basically, hey, it’s Siri with pictures and video (speak play the Spider-Man theme song, there it launches playing off YouTube). Or speak how much you want to add, say 2+2, and you get the answers with a calculator.

You can check out the video of the app in action below:

It is good to see Google planning to introduce features such as Google Now, Navigation etc that are available on Android, in the form of apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Based on Google’s comments in the Q&A session, it also looks like they are quite confident that Apple will approve the app.

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  • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

    Hopefully, Google’s going to include its excellent Indian voice recognition with this.

    • Giggity

      Actually it brings more fun to use that app if its really indian voice

  • http://www.facebook.com/shrivatsa.somany Shrivatsa Somany

    Hey, little typo there:
    for the iPhone and the iPhone

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Thanks for pointing it out. We’ve fixed it.

  • Steveo

    I hope this isn’t yet another thing that will be available only on iPhone 4S. iPhone 4 doesn’t get any of the new features, and it’s the same damn phone. When Google Earth came out with 3D mode, it was only available on iPhone 4S. That’s got to be Apple forcing that crap.

  • http://www.fromdev.com/ Java Interview

    The video looks gorgeous and hoping to see them in action for iPhone and iPad. Basically Android has gone so far ahead of iPhone. Now it is the time for iPhone to update their features.

  • Que

    Hey. How about Siri sounding more like…uh a damn woman?