Google Search for iOS Updated With Smarter Conversations, Google Now Improvements

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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.

    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.
    Google Search can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google Search for iOS Updated With Smarter Conversations, Google Now Improvements
     
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    "Are you better than Siri?"

    *displays search results*
     
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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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    Google Now, Google later ... but there’s no doubt, Google eventually. :eek:
     
  5. genovelle, May 13, 2014
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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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    It's all about the page views. The more controversy, the more ad impressions.
     
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    It is a search engine not a personal assistant. But it has better speed and speech recognition than Siri.
     
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    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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    Dosent seem to make a difference to me. Siri is my choice.
     
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    I know the Google Search app uses voice recognition to do search queries and not literally have conversations.
     
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    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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    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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    Yes, FINALLY.
     
  14. Parasprite, May 13, 2014
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    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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    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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    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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    they removed the QR / BARCODE scanner with this release! :mad:
     
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    All or even most Android devices just listen to you all the time?
     
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    Yes...

    Yes...Kinda Scary isn't it :eek:
     
  20. macrumors P6

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    All/most of them do? I'm not really sure that's the case. Is there something that shows that?
     
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    Not Sure

    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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    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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