New Google Search App With Siri-Like Voice Responses Finally Approved For iOS

Announced in August, Google’s new Google Search app for iOS has been apparently stuck in Apple’s app approval process for over two months. No longer. Google’s just announced that the new app is out.

The news came on Google’s official blog today. The company has also posted a video of how it works:

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The new app provides direct answers and uses a “card” format familiar to Android 4.1 (and now some Android 4.2) users who have the Google Now service:

It was never clear exactly why it took the app so long to emerge after it was submitted. Neither Google nor Apple said. But it’s available now through iTunes for those with iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

For those wanting a Google Maps app for iOS, keep waiting. This new app doesn’t do maps.

Also be sure to see our test of the new Google App against Siri on our Marketing Land sister-site: How Google’s New Search App For The iPhone Might Steal Searchers Away From Siri.

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  • davidquaid

    Google does really hard stuff really well but it makes it look so easy. YouTube currently the number one download on iTunes for a reason!

  • Alan

    Wow Google actually trying to match Android usability on IOS? Amazing what can happen when the biggest tech company in the world gets pissed off at you.

  • airmanchairman

    I’m not getting any voice playback of search results on any of my iDevices – 3GS, 4, 5 or iPad 3. Why? I’ve checked settings to no avail, what’s the trick to enable this, or is it a US-only feature?

  • Guest

    I’m from Pakistan and I use it on iPhone 4 and it works perfect

  • Furqan

    I’m from Pakistan. I use it on iPhone 4. it works perfect for me

  • orthorim

    The demos were impressive – Google knows how to make fast servers, and their voice recognition / understanding is apparently really good too. The only downside is that it doesn’t understand me. At all. It garbles everything I say. I speak good English but I do have a pretty big accent… Native speakers can understand me with ease – Google Voice Search can’t. I have an iPhone 4 so no SIRI to compare to.

  • jaystrab

    Sucks on iPhone 4. Says “Server not responding. Try back later”. Or doesn’t record my entire question. Not sure why everyone is thinking this is awesome.

  • jonathan

    cant say that ive used siri more than playing with it for 5 mins when I got my 4s. being scottish doesnt help – she cant understand most things I say :(

  • Lee

    Hi did you ever work out how to get the google search app to respond with verbal audio?

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