Google’s iOS app gets always-on ‘Ok Google’ and more

Google search app on iOS

Google has updated its official Search app for iOS to enable always-on “Ok Google,” and to make other welcome improvements. Users can now perform searches using their voice without having to tap the microphone button.

“Say “Ok Google” and ask a question while on any web page to get smart answers about what you are looking at,” Google says. “Try saying “Ok Google, where was he born” while reading an article about William Shakespeare.”

Unlike on Android, however, where you can say “Ok Google” on the home screen to perform a search, you’ll need to at least have the Google app open on iOS. Other changes and improvements in this update include:

  • More detailed local search results
  • Copy and paste from anywhere in the app

If you already have the Google app installed on your iOS device, you’ll find the update waiting for you in the App Store now. To download it for the first time, simply follow the link below.

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