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Old May 13, 2014, 01:46 PM   #1
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Google Search for iOS Updated With Smarter Conversations, Google Now Improvements




Google today updated its Google Search app to version 4.0.0, adding new voice question capabilities that let users have smarter conversations with Google.

For example, after initiating a casual conversation with an "Ok Google" command, users can ask simple questions like "What's the weather like?" followed by "What about this weekend?" Google Search is able to interpret that the questions are linked together, providing weather information for each query.

The app's Google Now functionality will also inform users of interesting articles on preferred topics, give information about upcoming trips, and share information on favorite blogs and authors.

Finally, the app has also been updated with cricket sports cards in Google Now, faster loading of both Google Search and Google Now, and more fluid image results.
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With today's update, you can ask questions with your voice & get updates on topics you care about.

Have a smarter conversation with Google:
- Tap the microphone or say "Ok Google" to start
- Ask questions such as "What's the weather like?"
- Then follow up with "How about this weekend?"

At Google, we know the web well. With Google Now, we'll tell you when there's an interesting article for:
- Your favorite topics
- Your upcoming trips
- Your favorite authors and blogs

Smaller updates include:
- Cricket sports cards in Google Now
- Faster loading of Google Search and Google Now
- More beautiful and fluid image results
Google Search can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Old May 13, 2014, 01:53 PM   #2
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"Are you better than Siri?"

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Old May 13, 2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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Hmmm....I see the app out there, and I see the release notes in the store, but it doesn't show that it needs to be updated.
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Old May 13, 2014, 02:03 PM   #4
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Old May 13, 2014, 02:06 PM   #5
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Google today updated its Google Search app to version 4.0.0, adding new voice question capabilities that let users have smarter conversations with Google.

For example, after initiating a casual conversation with an "Ok Google" command, users can ask simple questions like "What's the weather like?" followed by "What about this weekend?" Google Search is able to interpret that the questions are linked together, providing weather information for each query.

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I find it interesting that Macrumors will quickly note Google new features without mentioning if Apple already had them and they are playing catch up. If the shoe was on the other foot it would be in the title of the article.

For the record, the example given I just tried it on Siri and the results are has they have been since the first update. Siri understands the context of follow up questions.

Even the Sports angle has been a powerful feature in Siri for some time now.

I almost missed the creepy part. Google "knows the web well". How do you think they know your favorite topic, or when you are going on vacation? They track what everyone is doing and scan your gmail accounts. And they call Apple fans sheep. Comical!!!

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Old May 13, 2014, 02:11 PM   #6
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I find it interesting that Macrumors will quickly note Google new features without mentioning if Apple already had them and they are playing catch up. If the shoe was on the other foot it would be in the title of the article.
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Old May 13, 2014, 02:15 PM   #7
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"Are you better than Siri?"

*displays search results*
It is a search engine not a personal assistant. But it has better speed and speech recognition than Siri.
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Old May 13, 2014, 02:17 PM   #8
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I find it interesting that Macrumors will quickly note Google new features without mentioning if Apple already had them and they are playing catch up. If the shoe was on the other foot it would be in the title of the article.

For the record, the example given I just tried it on Siri and the results are has they have been since the first update. Siri understands the context of follow up questions.

Even the Sports angle has been a powerful feature in Siri for some time now.
The article is about Google Now on iOS not Siri. Having said that Google now on iOS seems to be much less capable than its android counterpart at the moment.
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Old May 13, 2014, 02:41 PM   #9
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Dosent seem to make a difference to me. Siri is my choice.
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Old May 13, 2014, 02:48 PM   #10
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It is a search engine not a personal assistant. But it has better speed and speech recognition than Siri.
I know the Google Search app uses voice recognition to do search queries and not literally have conversations.
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I know the Google Search app uses voice recognition to do search queries and not literally have conversations.
What he means is that Siri is, by design, an assistant with a personality. It tells jokes, it's programmed to deliver scripted/sarcastic answers. Google Search is, by design, neutral.
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Old May 13, 2014, 03:17 PM   #12
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I wish they would add the "OK Google" command to their Chrome app. Their voice commands work great but I never understood the point of having a dedicated search app and a browser app. If they added the auto listening and Google Now cards to Chrome I would use it even more that I already do.
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Finally, the app has also been updated with cricket sports cards..
Yes, FINALLY.
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Old May 13, 2014, 04:18 PM   #14
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It's surely much faster than Siri, but I don't know about speech recognition. It's a search engine. It uses Google's search correction. That means that if you say anything that's not very commonly searched, it'll have a hard time understanding you, or at least that's what happens when I test it. It's not like Siri, which is meant to deal with your system tasks.
This goes for Siri as well. I doubt either will produce a good answer if I tell them to "give me the symptoms of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia". Chances are they will both end up plugging it into google anyways.

Edit: Siri seems to prefer Bing.
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Even the Sports angle has been a powerful feature in Siri for some time now.
It has been a part of Google Now since the beginning as well. The difference being you don't have to ask Google Now your favorite sports team's score (unless you want) because it knows your favorite teams and shows you cards for their current games.
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Old May 14, 2014, 09:05 AM   #16
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The main difference I see is that on Android devices you can just start taking to it. On iOS you have to launch the app first. Big difference.
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Old May 17, 2014, 03:05 PM   #17
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they removed the QR / BARCODE scanner with this release!
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The main difference I see is that on Android devices you can just start taking to it. On iOS you have to launch the app first. Big difference.
All or even most Android devices just listen to you all the time?
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Old May 21, 2014, 11:40 AM   #19
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All or even most Android devices just listen to you all the time?
Yes...Kinda Scary isn't it
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Yes...Kinda Scary isn't it
All/most of them do? I'm not really sure that's the case. Is there something that shows that?
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All/most of them do? I'm not really sure that's the case. Is there something that shows that?
I'm not sure. I don't have an Android phone. On my iPhone, if Google is open, I can speak and it will respond with whatever is appropriate. On friends' Android phones, they can just say, "Ok Google Now" and the phone will respond, even if it is "asleep". I am not sure if the app has to be running first in the background or not. It probably does. But on my iPhone, it only works if the app is open and the phone is "awake"
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I'm not sure. I don't have an Android phone. On my iPhone, if Google is open, I can speak and it will respond with whatever is appropriate. On friends' Android phones, they can just say, "Ok Google Now" and the phone will respond, even if it is "asleep". I am not sure if the app has to be running first in the background or not. It probably does. But on my iPhone, it only works if the app is open and the phone is "awake"
Right some Android phones offer that but I believe it's only a few.
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Installed it today! I really don't notice any difference. And, as usual, I think it's better than Siri!
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