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At times, the relationship can be rocky, but nevertheless, the two always somehow come together and work on things for the greater good of users. Being the two biggest powerhouses in the mobile industry, we’ve seen Apple and Google take on each other in a bid to claim the throne. Fortunately, iOS users can sleep happy knowing that Google Now has finally made its way over to Apple’s mobile platform.

Rather than being a separate app, the Google Now feature has been incorporated into the Google Search Mobile app for iOS. For iPhone users all around, this is surely a new venture for them, as Google Now has shown its worth over on Android. Just like its counterpart, the iOS version of Google Now retains the same presentation and functionality – albeit, there are some things missing. For starters, there’s no support for push notification, which means that we’re left to constantly running the app to see new updates. Furthermore, it’s missing cards for things like local events and airline boarding passes.

Regardless of that, it’s just wonderful to know that Google Now is smart enough to track and manage our content and habits. From being able to provide us a relevant timetable of how long it’ll take for us to get from work to home, to other things like telling us the local weather, it’s almost uncanny how Google Now is capable of knowing what we’re doing, our location, and even the time of day. Heck, some people might even ditch Siri in favor of Google Now, but since it’s lacking those handy-dandy push notifications, maybe they’ll stick with Apple’s offering for now. If you haven’t checked it out for your iOS device, just click the source link below to jump right into the download.

source: iTunes



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posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:01 4

1. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Now it looks a lot cleaner on iOS than it does natively on Android.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:20 8

3. lyndon420 (Posts: 1642; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Amazing how clean you can make something look, especially when you take away functions. Just wait for ios7. Gonna be very clean with a flat and unpolished UI.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:49 8

6. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Probably because, like iOS in general, it does less.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:52 7

7. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Oh, and before anyone buys into Mxy's troll, it looks nearly identical to the Android version. It just doesn't do as much.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 16:12 2

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 9334; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Google now, and Siri on one device is pretty sweet though Ted.

posted on 01 May 2013, 02:42

23. tech2 (Posts: 1339; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


How ? I think, a person will only use one service at a time bcoz it may be confusing to some as some tasks are performed by Siri and some by Google Now.

It would make sense to use a service with all features (like Google Now for android) than to have limited functionality of both.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:56 1

10. Zero0 (Posts: 561; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Indeed. It is truly incredible how the app can have almost the exact same UI, and look like the greatest thing since sliced bread on iOS, yet look like utter chaos on Android.

It probably has something to do with the cards that aren't on iOS. Or maybe the inability to access it via widget or notification bar.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 18:24

19. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 819; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Yep. The current android app is total garbage right now. Takes 30 seconds to do a single search. Makes it basically pointless to use.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:15

2. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


This is cool... One of the reasons I was starting to like Android was due to its Google integration…
"This Changes Everything!"... no pun intended...lol

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 16:10

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 9334; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dave... Did you get a chance to try the s4 yet???

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:47 8

4. Rorschach (Posts: 37; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


I find it highly offensive that Google invested time and resources into developing this feature for iOS rather than focusing on incorporating it into it's own non Jelly Bean devices.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 16:08 3

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 9334; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You find it offensive, google finds money in the bank.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:48

5. keithrandy (Posts: 20; Member since: 05 Feb 2010)


I downloaded this update and Google Now constantly pulls on your GPS. I had to completely restrict its location services to save battery life. Has anyone else had this problem?

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:59

8. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Maybe try closing the app and only opening it when you need use it. I know.. sounds redundant but it will conserve battery life.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 15:40

11. Fallout09 (Posts: 410; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


It works perfectly on android with GPS turned off (it used 3G/4G/Wifi data to keep track of where you are).

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:04 4

9. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


What I see is Siri failing :P

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 16:07

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 9334; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Where's Troll???

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 17:42

16. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Battery killer but really nice. Might just try to take off locations.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 18:01 1

17. lyndon420 (Posts: 1642; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Think apple is ever going to release one of their apps for Android? Maybe like Garage Band or something?

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 19:52

21. Zero0 (Posts: 561; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Never.

Apple is a hardware company. They make most of their money selling you an iPhone, not selling you apps. The apps are there to make you buy an iPhone. This is also why all of Apple's desktop software is proprietary and locked down to Apple-branded hardware (except for iTunes, because Windows users buy iPods too).

Meanwhile, Google makes money showing ads. At the end of the day, Google wants as many people using Google services as possible. Getting people to use Android is the best way to make that happen, but releasing apps for competing platforms ensures that anyone, no matter what OS they choose, is making money for Google.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 18:21 1

18. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


I am a little disappointed in Google. It was nice having a feature exclusively for Android. Now I feel like Google has turned into a wh*re.

*shame*

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 19:56

22. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 178; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Google and others make their Apps multi platform except Apple, where's imessage and facetime for Android.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 19:21

20. roscuthiii (Posts: 1720; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


One thing about Google... they're not about exclusivity, but inclusivity.

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