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Google launches search app for iPad

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Google launches search app for iPad
Google has released the newest version of the Google Search app. In a recent blog post, Google states, “We have added new features to make the app more interactive, more visual and to help you find what you want more easily.” The Google Search app is targeted at iPad users, however, it is available for all iOS 4.0+ devices. Google has also released a YouTube video that demos some of the new features in action.

The Google Search app now uses Google Instant to display search results as you type. When you select a result, the page loads in a slide-in panel that sits on top of the search results. The new app allows users to slide the page to the side of the search results so that the user can continue through the results and quickly switch back and forth between search results and web pages.

Google has added a few features to make the app a more visual experience as well. It has integrated Instant Previews into the app to compare web pages before making a selection. This update adds the ability to load image search results into a carousel that can easily be swiped through to view the results. Also, the search history loads a screenshot of previously visited web pages so that users can swipe through and find a page without having to type.

Google launches search app for iPad
Google launches search app for iPad
Google launches search app for iPad
Google launches search app for iPad
Google launches search app for iPad


Once a page is loaded, the toolbar at the top has a new magnifying glass tool that highlights the most relevant section of the page and, of course, a +1 button. All of the other Google services such as Gmail, Calendar, Google News, Maps, and YouTube are accessible from an Apps menu that can load each service into the slide-in pane.

Interestingly enough, the video also shows a voice search where the user asks, “How tall is Sutro Tower?” and the app returns relevant search results. Since Google’s search engine already supports intuitive questions, it seems this is more of a voice transcription that enters your search terms into the box rather than a Siri competitor that can understand what you’re asking and decide between performing a search and launching an app.

The Google Search app is available now in the App Store and is, of course, free.



Google Search [iTunes link]

source: Google Mobile Blog via Mashable

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posted on 21 Nov 2011, 19:42 2

1. OldHAG (Posts: 11; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


wow apple products are just amazing apps that are originally made for others work even better with apple products.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 19:43 5

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


apple dont deserve it but its good that google is not selfish like apple. DONT BE EVIL

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 19:46 3

3. OldHAG (Posts: 11; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


you mean apple didn't even want it but google begged apple to take it. Just like how android fans beg for updates

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:22 2

6. mikeystar (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


apple fangirl

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 21:20 2

11. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Really? You\'re still here?

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:16 3

4. Carlitos (Posts: 332; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Google is being awfully nice to apple, despite there goal to use anything in there power to destroy android.
Good for you google, don't be evil.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:21 2

5. OldHAG (Posts: 11; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


WTF google is one of the evil company out there

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:34 2

7. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Old dummy, apple needs google apps makes it's products better.


Any way I love this app it make my I pad 2 almost have a chrome browser. Make it able to have more tabs and an address bar and my favorite browser by far. I love it. Idk if iPad has a chrome alt. But this would be my favorite if applied.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:36 1

8. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Oh just to also add I am in the app writing this comment went back to my search page and came back. It's awesome....... Almost

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:45 5

9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Google and Apple living in harmony. Too bad the trolls can\'t do the same.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 21:20 2

12. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Agreed.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 21:46 1

14. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Try to distance yourself taco but i enjoy about 40% of your coments. The ones your not trolling on.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 21:49 1

15. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


lol you really made me laugh. i think everybody gonna like you if you talk sense like this

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:58 2

10. mad5870 (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Google making apps for Apple is smart. One i bet a lot of the Apple users like Google search and it's just another way of spreading Google's name. Also shows that Google is not going to not develop for a phone even if it's their competition. Google needs Apple and Apple needs Google. The fight of trying to be better than the other is the driving force of innovation.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 21:24 1

13. itsius1 (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


google is a mature company when it comes to search engines...

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