Google Now Finally Comes to iPhone And iPad [Updated]


If you’ve been eagerly waiting for Google Now on the iPhone and iPad then download the update for Google Search app from the App Store.

After months of rumors and speculations about whether Apple will approve the Google Now feature, Google Search 3.0 has just hit the App Store, which brings the Siri-like feature to iPhone and iPad.

Here’s what’s new in Google Search 3.0:

Get just the right information at just the right time with Google Now.
• weather and traffic conditions before you start your day
• updates on your favorite sports teams and breaking news stories as they happen

You can download the update via the Updates tab in the App Store app or using this direct link.


So here are some more details about Google Now for iOS:

  • There is no system wide shortcut like Google Now for Android, you will have to launch the Google Search app to make use of Google Now on your iPhone or iPad. If you’ve a jailbroken iOS device, then you can check out NowNow, which replaces Siri with Google Search app or you can set up an Activator action to access it from anywhere in iOS.
  • When you launch the Search app, your cards will be displayed at the bottom just below the search button. You can tap on them to see them or swipe them away when you don’t need them.
  • Google Now will display cards for weather, traffic, your next appointment, flights, Gmail, travel, public transit, places, sports, public alerts, stocks, news updates, photo spot and birthdays.
  • The following cards are not available on Google Now for iOS currently – airline boarding pass, activity summary, events, Zillow, Fandango, concerts, research topic, mearby events.
  • It goes without saying, but you need to sign in to your Google account for the best results.
  • Overtime, the prediction will improve and more relevant cards will be displayed.

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  • Necter

    It appears that the location icon is always ON at the top tray even when the app is closed and removed from background. Won’t this be a battery drainer? If it’s a glitch then I’m sure it’d be fixed. But if it’s how it should be, then I’m worried about a couple of things: (1) battery and (2) privacy. I use an iPhone 4.

    • iPhoneHacks

      That’s not a bug. It needs to work in the background for it to work effectively. Google does say that it needs to use and store your location for traffic, alerts, directions and more to use all the features. You can always disable it via the Settings app (Settings > Privacy > Location Services -> disable On/Off toggle for Google) .

      • Steveo

        If that’s disabled, won’t it mess up Google Now?

        • iPhoneHacks

          Yes, you have to weigh the pros and cons of leaving it enabled or disabled.

          • Steveo

            You can also turn off the Google Now features inside the app and that does the trick too. Then the voice search can still use your location.

          • David Bell

            I only turn on location services as needed — other wise leave them all switched off to conserve battery life

  • Pacomacman

    Another useless app that does little more than provide Google with valuable data and run down your battery!

    • iPhoneHacks

      It’s pretty cool in my opinion. But need to watch out for battery life.

    • David Bell

      I have more jailbreak app tweaks installed than actual apps that do anything

    • Jessy james

      This app actually works really well – 1. It gets what you say right almost every time (unlike Siri). 2. It shows what you ask for. Unlike Siri where often I ask for a specific restaurant and it comes up with I have found 10 restaurants near you instead of the one I want. 3. It is fast in getting results. 4. It cuts down on needless interaction (Siri: I can’t find that. Do you want me to search the web? Now: just gets the results .

  • Jauhari

    Google Invasion iOS ;)