Google's iOS app receives update that adds 3D Touch support and more

Google's iOS app receives update that adds 3D Touch support and more
Google has updated its iOS app, adding support for 3D Touch. A heavy fingered tap on the app's icon will present an Apple iPhone 6s or Apple iPhone 6s Plus user with a shortcut menu to Google's voice, text or image searches. You also might notice that some new information pops up on your screen when you Google a local business, including restaurants and bars.

Search for a nearby business or eatery, and your Google search result will include a graph showing how busy this particular location is at certain hours. If you're in a rush, this information can be a timesaver. And Google has also updated its search results for iOS users, adding holiday hours for stores and restaurants.

And with the update, the app will support some of the new features found on the Apple iPad such as Split View and Slide Over. Both will allow you to multitask by viewing the Google app while another app also appears on the screen. This can be very helpful if you're perusing an article, and need to look something up to clarify what you've just read.

The updated version of Google's iOS app is now available in the App Store, and takes Google's iOS app to version 11.0.


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source: +Google via Engadget

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12 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

So next Nexus will have Force Touch as well

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

but its a gimmick... I think its cool, while I don't think I will switch phones to have it, by having it, it is fun.

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yeah, I agree, although it would be awesome if Apple allowed to switch beetween apps by using 3D Touch, it would be much more fast than having to open app switcher everytime. I guess such jailbreak tweak will come in no time, because in iOS6 day there was similar Zephyr and it was the best app switching idea anyone came with

3. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The long press is too entrenched in Android to implement something like that. What they could do is add more functionality to the long press. It would be similar to what Instagram is doing.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart point.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Force Touch can easily complement long-press. Force Touch can be used for certain tasks, long-press for others.

9. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Google would just be complicating the UI by trying to reconcile both.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

That's how it is on iOS now. But my wish that they get rid of long press completely (it feels like a workaround after using force touch in UI and within apps.

6. Carlitos

Posts: 664; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I just wish that the air view tech that Samsung used on their other models was supported better. I honestly thought it was a darn cool idea , just that everyone hated on it.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, you know, it's a gimmick until Apple does it.

10. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Nah, it wouldn't complicate it at all depending on where and how they use it. It can be used effectively in editing applications and games. Even if Google doesn't implement it in the system UI they can give developers the option to.

11. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Well if and when it hours Android devices, these new features will be implemented right away since they already have iOS versions of it already.

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