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Google Now comes to iOS in new Search app update

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Google Now comes to iOS in new Search app update
We've been hearing the rumors about Google Now coming to iOS for a while now, including an odd miscommunication that led to some unfortunate comments by Google's Eric Schmidt. Today brings the Google Now update to the Googe Search app for both iPhone and iPad, but as you might expect, the app doesn't offer everything that you would see in the Android version.

Not surprisingly, because of the 3rd party limitations on apps in iOS, Google Now doesn't get a system-wide launch shortcut, or the same full background syncing (although it can monitor your location.) The app also will not push notifications through the iOS system, and it can't pull information from your local calendar, it only pulls from Google Calendar. 

Oddly though, there are some cards that aren't available on iOS either. At launch, only 22 of the 29 different information cards have made the trip from Android to iOS. Cards that are notably missing are airline boarding passes, Fandango movie tickets, and local events. 

Still, even with these limitations, Google Now is one of the best pieces of software around, and proves just how much value can come from a company using our personal data to give back to us, rather than just sell more ads. If you want to try out Google Now for iOS, the updated Google Search app is available for free in the iTunes App Store.

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posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:05 4

1. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


It's very well made, it has a new better looking tutorial compared to the Android version

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 11:49 6

19. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Not to sound biased but just about every Google app on ios feels more polished and smooth than the native android versions.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 12:22 3

20. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


well since iOS only ever thinks about one thing at a time, it better seem smoother.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 13:16 2

23. tech2 (Posts: 1756; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Of course not. How on earth could you ever be biased ?!?! You are the most neutral guy I know -.-

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 17:13 2

30. toiletcleaner (Posts: 183; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


for the first time. u said something that it is true. as much I hate the Iphone. Google is loosing a monthly android buyer here, Im been buying almost every android phone because it was inique, Navigation system. Gmail, Google+, and most of the google apps that make the android system to be unique. and now Google now is on the Iphone. Iphone user can enjoy the best, but not the user of android 4.0.2 ?, and forget about the rest. Iphone: I hate you but I love you. I will kiss you but I wont close my eyes. Cya Android.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:06 2

2. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


Wow... hope it works with apple maps lol

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:07 6

3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5046; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Me: "Hello, Siri!"
Siri: "I don't understand."

Me: (Faints)

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:21 5

5. yyuu1000 (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Lol siri is nothing compared to google now.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:29 7

7. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5046; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Actually, one thing that Siri is better than Google Now is that Siri is conversational, you can chat with Siri!

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 23:20 1

32. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 845; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I would prefer my search app actually searches correctly and gives me good results. If i wanted to chat I would call someone..

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:29 3

8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5046; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


So in conclusion, both of them are smart! This is a tie, nobody wins, nobody loses! :)

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 14:02 2

24. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Conversing with your phone is a bit ridiculous are you that short on friends that having banter with your smartphone is good? I don't count that as a good feature more like a guilty pleasure. I do wish that Google Now did more and was more integrated with the OS that way I could use it for even basic functions, like searching for functions within the OS itself, since OEM like to change the OS and hide things under more menus, it's supremely annoying. Deeper integration would be a great thing to voice activated software.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 16:06 2

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 10080; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly. Both are very well configured

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:10 4

4. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Great, now nothing is exclusive to Android... Google proved that it is ultimately its nothing but a advertisement business Inc, and has no love for its loyal android army...

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:30 12

9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2647; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Asking for exclusivity is nothing but spite. Android users still get the best versions and the best Google experience. Who cares if Google builds for other platforms? It doesn't change your experience at all. You just don't want other people to have what you do, and that's not right.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:37 1

11. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I see your point... But if you look at this from the other end, iTunes is a wonderful music player and its not available on any other platforms.... Thats one of the few neat tricks what apples reserve exclusively for iOS users...

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:41

12. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


You can get iTunes on windows. You just can't sync it with the android phone.

What apple does is wrong but that doesn't mean google has to be.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:44

13. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Yeah i know, my bad, i meant android... yep its a nightmare to sync itunes with a droid

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 12:44 2

21. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2647; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I don't think iTunes isn't a good comparison, because there are plenty of options that can give you the same functionality. There is really nothing that compares to Google Now.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:51 1

15. buccob (Posts: 1305; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I agree mostly, but it gets me mad that iOS users get to try Google Now, and most Android users are under ICS still....

I am still waiting for JB on my Sony Xperia Acro S... and I am not blaming google for it, it is the manufacturers "fault"... but google does not help bringing it at least as Google Chrome... a downloadable app from Play Store... and for ICS users too..

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:34 1

10. jan25 (Posts: 383; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Android users get a better experience of Google Now than IOS because it's integrated, even so i don't understand why it would bothers you?

edit: Michael beat me to it.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:54 4

16. mad5870 (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


This is another smart move for Google. They are showing that they are willing to work with all platforms with all of there innovations. This is essentially what we need as consumers. Collaboration is a mighty tool

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 11:42 3

17. aguilitas (Posts: 8; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


EXCEPT for microsoft related platforms...

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 14:29

26. TheMan (Posts: 371; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I had a similar reaction...Plus I thought, damn, that makes it harder to sell against the Apple device.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 14:32

27. boosook (Posts: 894; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Who cares? Android users don't care so much for exclusivity, we are not like the apple users who uninstalled instagram when the android version was released because they felt it was not exclusive anymore... Google earns money from ads, that's the only reason why you can have so many good services for free. Google maps app came out for iOS when android did not even exist. Android is just a trojan horse to spread google's services, google is neither open nor ethical, the sooner you understand this, the better.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:24 1

6. yyuu1000 (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Now google has to set a new standard for google now on andriod make it better then the ios app.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 10:49

14. evarod48 (Posts: 136; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I'm so excited for the Storms vs. Knights game

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 11:44 1

18. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


i don't get it!!! why not make google now compatible for all android version first. it seems like ios users are more important to Google than loyal 2 year old android user. this is by far the worst decision taken by google i can remember(mobile os wise). its a shame that google now was developed to counter siri and now they are trying to show off their efforts to ios user. wasnt google maps was enough? google will loose their reputation by introducing and letting them comparing siri and now. And its also a clear indication that Google are after elite user base of smartphone.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 12:56 1

22. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2647; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Because if Google makes Now and other advancements compatible with all versions, manufacturers and carriers have even less reason to push updates.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 16:19 1

29. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Do u really think google now is the motivation for OEMs to push android update to the customers? Im sorry if thats what ur thinking is. The simple fact is to gain more information from users for their add business Google is trying to penetrate ios ecosystem because ios have the second biggest user base and they are all rich. Big money is the motivation of bringing google now to ios but not to Old android user.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 20:44

31. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2647; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Google Now is simply one example of a feature available in new versions of Android. If there were no big features exclusive to new versions, nothing would get updated.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 14:18 1

25. Commbubba19 (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Tried it and removed it. Keeps the GPS going constantly even when closed out of recent programs. I didn't even use google now when I had an android phone.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 00:17

33. Goldeneye (Posts: 348; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Yeah I think is BS!, why not make it available to WP8 then??? I don't really care what Google does but to the average Android user and most of them not being on JB is just not cool, looks like Google is kissing Apple's butt again!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 06:41

34. rahulz (Posts: 116; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


first make it available to gingerbread and ics.
Majority of android users are still on gb so why not make one for them?

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