Google Brings Now to the iPhone, iPad

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Google released Google Search 3.0 for the iPhone and iPad on Monday, bringing with it Google Now. The new feature, which first appeared on Android 4.1-based smartphones, gives users information based on their current activities, such as traffic reports before leaving for work and flight updates when they're traveling.

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Google Now offers up contextual-aware information like local weather, traffic conditions, appointments, news updates, shipping notifications, and more. It also offers voice-based searches, much like Apple's own Siri.

The feature is somewhat limited on iOS compared to Android because it doesn't support Fandango, display events that are nearby, or show recent searches. Even still, Google Now looks to be handy on the iPhone and iPad.

Google Search 3.0 is free and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.

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Regardless of whether or not you like the idea of Google tracking even more of your daily life, brining Now to the iPhone and iPad is great news because it heats up the competition between Apple and Google. The ball is in your court now, Apple.


John Molloy

“The ball is in your court now, Apple.”

Not entirely sure what that means. For example, there is no point in Apple porting Siri to Android as they don’t need the data. You can see why Google has done this. They want to track everyone.


I don’t want to be tracked. Customers would be better served if Apple brought as much of this functionality to iOS as possible. And SOON, so I can run a Google free environment on mobile devices.

Scott B in DC

Did someone forget about Panic’s Status Board as an alternative?

Gee… i do love youse guys at TMO, but you’ve been falling down on the job lately. Gotta do a better job doing this journalism stuff!

Lee Dronick

I am sure that Apple has done no Siri development, no improvment, since it was introduced. /snark

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