'Google Search' Updated, Now 20% Faster

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  1. MacRumors, May 18, 2011
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    macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google announced an update yesterday to its Google Search iOS app that includes speed and interface improvements. Google Search received a major revamp in March featuring a new interface and gestures to refine search results. Yesterday's update to version makes the app "20% more responsive" and disables the "Just Talk" voice-activated search function by default.

    Additionally, search results are now shown in a larger font size and the entirety of each search result is now a tappable target.

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    Search results in the previous version of Google Search (left) and in the latest version (right)

    Google Search remains a free universal app and requires iOS 3.0 or higher.

    Article Link: 'Google Search' Updated, Now 20% Faster
  2. C64
    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Does anyone even use this instead of searching through the browser?
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2005
    To be honest, I didn't even know they HAD a dedicated search app.
  4. ZBB
    macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2008
    Frequently. Best feature is voice search -- just hold the phone up and talk your search term. Voice recognition is usually very good.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2010
    Anglesey, UK
    In the same boat. Always just used the search box at the top of Safari. :confused:
  6. macrumors 6502


    Nov 24, 2009
    NEW Jersey / USA
    Good for Push Notifications

    I don't use it for search but it allows you to get push notifications for email and calendar and provides a consolidated list of most of the mobile services Google provides for iOS.

    Also, if you're ever stuck on a Sudoku, Google Goggles can solve it for you.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Great app while we wait for Siri

    I use this all the time to quickly look up anything that I'm interested in. It's fast, accurate and brings great results. When Siri gets fully integrated into the new iOS, I'll probably use that more but for now, this is a good solution for when you don't want to type everything out. The voice recognition is impressive.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2011
    I have not figured out how to get push notifications for Emails through the app. How do you do it? Or are you referring to the red badge on the icon being up-to-date? I only see the the option for calendar alerts. My email is already pushed to my device with the Microsoft Exchange/m.google.com workaround, but obviously the mail app doesn't do pop-up notifications for new emails, which is what want.

    Sent from my iPad 2
  9. macrumors member


    Oct 21, 2005
    If you want a pop up notification, I would recommend Boxcar.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    There is voice recognition in the browser version as well.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2011
    Portugal (Porto)
  12. macrumors 6502


    Nov 24, 2009
    NEW Jersey / USA
    I was referring to the badge being updated via push for Gmail.
    Kenzbud suggested Boxcar for the functionality you want and I agree that it'll work for you. Jailbreaking and using LockInfo would be all around better, though that may require another thread entirely.
    Here's some info from when Google first enabled the functionality, others had your exact question: http://jstnfrd.com/joC8OT.

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