Google has found a really cool use for Apple's 3D Touch

Google and Apple may be fierce adversaries in the mobile market, but since many iOS users are heavily invested in the search giant's software, a long list of its apps can be found over at the iTunes Store. The standard Google Search app is, of course, among them, and with its latest update, the Big G has found a novel way of utilizing Apple's coveted 3D Touch feature. 

3D Touch, for those uninitiated, is a recent brainwave of Apple's that allows users to interact in new ways through haptic taps and swipes on certain aspects of the UI. The 3D Touch tech is able to detect how hard one presses on the display, and perform different functions based on this input. For example, a user can hold down their finger on a home screen app and be greeted by an additional menu of options, rather than simply opening the app as was previously the case. 

When one long-presses the newly-updated Google app for iOS, a option entitled I'm Feeling Curious appears alongside Voice Search, Quick Search and Image Search. When tapped, I'm Feeling Curious offers a random question of potential intrigue, as well as providing an answer accompanied by related links. While the Internet has gradually descended into something of a troll-fest, the questions offered by I'm Feeling Curious attempt to be of genuine value. Rather than peddling questions and answers regarding what happened in the most popular reality TV show, you'll instead be encouraged to learn facts of interest, such as how many hairs can be found on the average person's head, or the depth of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

For those familiar, I'm Feeling Curious is itself not a new feature, and can be found through traditional Google search by simply typing in 'I'm Feeling Curious'. But if you ever find yourself wilfing through your iOS home screen in search of inspiration, Google's endless supply of facts can be readily accessed through 3D Touch. 

The latest version of Google Search can be downloaded after the jump. 

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42 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

It should open urbandictionary

5. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

"What is an Indian teabag?"

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That moment when you get a clean explanation from Google now, scroll down and read the opposite from urban dictionary...

31. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Why not "Are you boring?" (why loooong pressed? wanna try Android?)

40. Brewski

Posts: 691; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Truth. Long press is not a new thing to Android users...

2. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Google apps has always been a great part of iOs, and features tends to appear first on Cupertino's devices (which, IMO, is expected, since Google makes most of its money from ads, and iPhone dominates one of the best paying ads country according to adsense). At some point we will see this on android, maybe on google now =D

4. ullokey

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

This has been on Moto x since ages. Ok Google Now, I am feeling curious would make the phone read out a random fact. Also you can type I am curious in google search and read random facts

14. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I would not be saying that out loud in public.

33. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

It's not like you're saying "I am f_ing horny" in public, you know.

6. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

3D touch is awesome, it's really upsetting that the fandroids couldn't see past the Apple hate to see how awesome it really is. Even Google Apps like keep have it and it's awesome, can't wait for Android to support it. Of course Android and Samsung have had it for decades yes, the air hover thing and the 1024 detection points In Android is equal to 3D touch as evidenced by the plethora of Android apps that support 3D touch and the crazy number of Android phones that have 3D touch hardware. Yes Apple copied the Mate S from the future when they added force touch to the Macbook and Apple watch.

9. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Stop being a pathetic, how many iOS users use 3D Touch? I don't use it and I'm sure many don't as well. It's easier to just tap and open the app. That's what we are used to.

12. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Tens of millions use 3D touch on iOS. Zero on android. There isn't even a copycat tech avalable to buy.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

How do you know, you know them all.

37. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

How come you didn't ask the same question to twens?

18. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I use it all the time, you either don't have a 6S or don't know what 3D touch can do in different parts of the OS, it isn't just for opening links. Also yea like someone above said, you know all of the 40 million 6S owers personally?

44. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Owning a iPhone 6S Plus but I must say I hardly use it. The only most useful function to me is moving the typing cursor. Not seeing much other useful features. Not hating the iPhone 6S Force Touch but right now it is still not fully utilised well in my opinion.

19. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I do, it's like being able to right click. Wait till the iPads and surface pros get it!

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Tap and hold is right-click on my Surface Pro...3D touch is just apple restricting ancient features to new devices.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Long press has been on iOS before android was redesigned to be touchscreen OS. 3D Touch is just Apple EVOLVING ancient features FOR new devices. (There I fixed that for you)

30. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol, evolution that brings no new benefit...gimmicky at best. A simple jailbreak tweak brings the same thing to older iDevices, if you're so in need of proof of it being an overhyped gimmick: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/09/21/older-phone-mimic-3d-touch-force-touch-activator/

36. AlikMalix unregistered

Read post # 27.

39. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Read post #25 and #35.

34. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I have a surface Pro, and an iPhone 6s Plus, trust me the surface pro needs this.

35. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

For what purpose? Name the "so needed" uses you gain from it that isn't already doable...

26. AlikMalix unregistered

I use it for cursor scrolling, jumping into surtain parts of the app instead of opening then selecting from menu, and half of my games use forcetouch in menu's or part of controls. I do like viewing images front and center when you press harder. Hey Zylam, my is set to light sensitivity - I prefer that over medium. Hows yours set up?

20. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Finally someone level-headed. One shouldn't forget the legacy version on the Apple Watch either. Huawei guessed at what was coming and rushed it...

21. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Like we fandroids want to put extra effort in tapping on an icon to get a pop-up of different options instead of just tapping on it. No one cares for that 3D touch. But I would have cared about that 3 hour battery.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

The problem with you "fandroids" is that you think that context menu is all 3D Touch does on iOS!!!

42. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I do think so but I'm wondering what the capabilities are with it on ios at the moment. I can see it being used in games but what i saw in the articles and reviews was only this. Could you tell me what it does more than long press on ios at the moment ?

7. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Gimmick

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