Back in August, Google had announced that it will be bringing its Siri-like Google Now feature to the Google Search app for the iPhone and the iPad.
That day has finally arrived. Google has just released the new version of Google Search app that brings some of the features of Google Now to iOS. Google has also updated the for iPhone 5’s taller display.
Here’s what’s new in version 2.5:
- Updated for the iPhone 5
- Improved Voice Search
- Simply say what you want and get results without typing.
- Faster and significantly improved voice recognition with text streamed on the fly.
- Get answers spoken directly back to you with web results tailored to your questions.
It is not integrated with native iOS apps like Siri, but like Apple’s personal assistant feature, you can ask questions like What’s the weather like? When is your flight leaving? How is the weather this weekend? How much is $100 in Euros? How tall is the Eiffel Tower? and Google’s Search app will display the information in the form of “cards” like the one seen in the screenshot below.
According to Google, the app uses “the power of the Knowledge Graph to deliver exactly the information you need, exactly when you need it”, which is another killer feature of Google Now.
It is nowhere close to the Google Now feature available on Android based smartphones, but it is a step in that direction assuming Google wants to bring it on par with the Android app and Apple will allow the search giant to do so.
You can check out the video of the app in action below:
So download the latest update from the App Store app or download the Google Search app using this direct App Store link and let us know if you think it works better than Siri.
The streaming of text while you’re speaking is a very cool feature and based on our initial testing, it seems a lot faster than Siri.