Google Now for the iPhone Takes on Siri
Google Now, the search giant’s mobile assistant, has officially made its way to the iPhone in the latest update to the Google Search app for iOS. Up until now, the feature was only available on Android devices running version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or higher.
The tool uses information gathered from your location and browsing history to display relevant information, such as weather, news, traffic, and sports scores in the form of widgets or “cards.” The more information you feed Google Now through Google services, the more it will learn about you and, in turn, assist you better.
Unfortunately, many of the the features that provide nearby event, concert, and flight information are currently unavailable on the iOS version.
But unlike Siri, Apple’s integrated mobile assistant for the iPhone, Google Now cannot be launched via the home button on iOS devices. Instead, you’ll need to launch the Google Search app, sign into your Google account, and swipe the card at the bottom of the screen up to reveal the tool.
Despite what it lacks in integration, iPhone users of Google Now will still be able to utilize the service’s powerful voice search option. Questions such as “How are the Braves doing?” are quickly followed up with an answer, much like with Siri.
The latest Google Search app update also brings Google Now support to the iPad.
You can download the Google Search app for free on the App Store or find it in your updates to receive the latest version. It’s available for any iOS device running version 5.0 or higher.