Google Updates iOS Search App To Include “Smarter” Voice Search Cues & Customized Alerts

Google ios Search version 4.0 The Apple-focused website reported today that Google's iOS Search app has been updated to version 4.0, with new voice search cues and customized alerts from Google Now. With the updates, the app's new voice search cues offer more conversational-styled search queries. According to the app's iTunes page, users can have a "smarter" conversation, asking questions like "What's the weather like?" followed by, "How about this weekend?" Using Google Now, the new version of the iOS Search app will also alert users when an article on their favorite topic, or from their favorite authors [...]

Google Now Remembers Where You Parked, Gains Offline Cards, Indoor Maps, Shopping Reminders

google-now-card-featured Excited that the updated Google Search App for Android will remember where you parked your car? Wait, there's more! Google Now cards also work offline, malls are gaining indoor map directories and you can now get product search reminders. Earlier today Barry Schwartz wrote that the updated Google Search App for Android will now help you locate your car in a parking lot or on the street. Since then, we've learned that this "parking locator card" is just one of several new features and capabilities in the updated Android version of Google Now. No word on iOS yet. Among the new Now feature [...]

Why Yahoo’s Not Going To Steal The Search Default For iPhone Away From Google

yahoo-featured Apparently, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to be the default search for Apple's Safari browser on iPhone and iPad and has been preparing to make a solid pitch. Well, we all want things we can't have, and I'd be incredibly surprised if Yahoo got its wish here. Kara Swisher over at Re/code has the scoop, in her Marissa Mayer’s Secret Plan to Get Apple to Dump Google and Default to Yahoo Mobile Search story. Be sure to read that. Here, I'm going to share the incredibly tough list of obstacles that would have to be overcome to turn this from a fantasy into reality. Yahoo Has No Search Techn [...]

Google iOS Search App Now Has “OK Google” Voice Activation, New Notifications, Reminders & Cards

Google iOS Search App Google released a new version of its iOS Search App today, with an extensive list of updates, including new notifications, reminder alerts, cards and a handsfree search activation feature. With the 3.1.0 version of the iOS Search App, those with the iPhone 4s or higher can say, "OK Google" or touch the mic to start a search. Along with the handsfree activation, the app can create reminders around a number of events. According to the app's iTunes page, users can ask Google to remember daily activities or upcoming events: Ask Google to remember things for you. Just say, "Remind me to buy [...]

Google Voice Search Coming To iOS, Chrome For Android Gets An Update

Google released a couple of new UI features with the latest Chrome update for Android yesterday and announced that voice search will be coming to Chrome for iOS "soon". Android Updates With the Android update, the long search URL box is gone and search queries in Chrome display in the omnibox. And now, while browsing, webpages show in full screen; the top toolbar disappears when you scroll down to give more real estate to the webpage itself. Scroll back up to the top of the page, and the toolbar will reappear. Voice Search Coming To Chrome iOS Voice search made a big splash at Googl [...]

Google’s Impressive “Conversational Search” Goes Live On Chrome

google-conversational-search-featured The "conversational search" that Google demonstrated at last week's Google I/O conference is now available to users of its Chrome browser, and it's a significant leap in how we use search engines. I'm 17 years now into writing about search, and I've seen all types of things that have promised to revolutionize the space, especially products that trot out words like "natural language" and "semantic search" but fail to deliver. Conversational search has natural language, semantic search and more built into it, and while it's far from perfect, this really is one of those significant change [...]

New Google Now Cards Include Voice-Activated Reminders

google voice search Six shiny new cards are coming for Google Now, the assistive app for Android and recently, iOS devices, that offers predictive information tailored to your needs.  The new cards, announced at Google I/O today, are for reminders, music, TV shows, public transit, books and video games. Photo credit: Danny Sullivan Reminders is an interactive feature that can be set using voice commands.  Johanna Wright, VP of Search and Assist, gave a live demonstration of a Google Now "Voice Action Reminder". Using simple voice commands, users can set reminders that then show up and activate in the [...]

Google Search App With Google Now Breaks Into iTunes Top 10

Google mobile app logo When Google first released its updated Google Search app last October, it never made the iTunes top ten and, last week, wasn't even in the top 100. But the addition of Google Now helped the app make the top ten in less than a week. Google relaunched its app last October with Siri-like voice recognition and readback, but after peaking at number 16, it started dropping down to around the 150 mark last Sunday. With Google Now being added, the app has risen up to number 10 in the most recently downloaded free apps list. Coincidentally, it also just got named the 10th most downlaoded free app [...]

iPhone & iPad Users To Get Google Now, As It Comes To iOS

Google Now for iOS Image 1 Previously Android-only, Google's "predictive search" tool Google Now is now available for the iPhone and iPad. It's part of an updated Google Search App for iOS. Google Now for iOS had been anticipated since March, when Engadget discovered a promotional video suggesting it would make the leap. Until its release this morning, Google Now had been available exclusively on devices running Android 4.1 ("Jelly Bean") or higher. We've written multiple times about Google Now in the past. But, if for some reason you're unfamiliar with it, Google Now is the company's "search assistant," of [...]

The Amazing “Google Now” — When Google Searches Before You Think To

google voice search With Google Now coming to iOS, a whole new audience using iPhones and iPads are about to meet Google's predictive search service. It's a feature that's gone from interesting novelty to being downright amazing, in less than a year. Here's a look at how the "predictive search" service has evolved and where it may head next, including perhaps to desktop computers. Wow, It Really Does Work [caption id="attachment_157254" align="alignright" width="300"] Google Now, showing time to airport and navigation option[/caption] [caption id="attachment_157256" align="alignright" width="300"] Google Now [...]

Will Google Now For iPhone & iPad Boost Google Search App Usage?

Google Now for iPhone & iPad Engadget spotted and has archived a promotional video that suggests the Google Search App for iOS may be gaining Google Now support. That support might help boost usage of the Google Search App, which barely makes the iTunes Top 100. Google Now No Longer Android-Only? Google Now is Google's predictive search assistant, which tries to anticipate answers to things before you ask, such as travel times to destinations you frequent. Google Now is available for newer Android devices but not for the iPhone. Late last year, after two months of delay, an upgraded Google Search App was approve [...]

What’s The Best Smartphone? Google’s New iOS Search App Says Decide For Yourself

best smart phone Got the new Google Search app on your iPhone or iPad? Here's a trick. Ask it, "What's the best smartphone?" The app will politely decline to say. The app will reply in one of two ways that I've found: "No one phone is right for everyone." "You'll have to decide for yourself." Don't have the app? Here's a video I made with both answers: [youtube width="560" height="420"][/youtube] I'm guessing that Google decided to avoid an embarrassment Apple had earlier this year, when Siri was found to be suggesting phones other than the iPhone as the [...]

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

google-voice-search-featured 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: [youtube width="560" height="315"][/youtube] 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 lon [...]

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