Google Now comes to iOS in new Search app update

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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34 Comments

1. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

20. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

23. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

30. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

2. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

Wow... hope it works with apple maps lol

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

5. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Lol siri is nothing compared to google now.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

32. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

24. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. Both are very well configured

4. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 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...

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

11. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 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...

12. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

13. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

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

21. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

15. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 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..

10. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

16. mad5870

Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 21, 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

17. aguilitas

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

EXCEPT for microsoft related platforms...

26. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

27. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

6. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

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

14. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

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

18. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

22. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

29. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

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