Google Now for iOS hands-on

Google Now for iOS hands-on
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



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

6. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

7. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

23. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

10. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

19. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

2. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

4. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 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.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

5. keithrandy

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 05, 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?

8. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

11. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

9. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

What I see is Siri failing :P

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Where's Troll???

16. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

18. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 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*

22. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

20. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

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

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