'Google Search' for iOS Updated With Google Now

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last month, Google briefly leaked a video showing that its information aggregation tool Google Now would be coming to iOS. Several weeks later, Google chairman Eric Schmidt was asked about Google Now for iOS, and he noted that "you'll need to discuss that with Apple", although it was later confirmed that Google had not submitted a version of Google Now to the iOS App Store.

    Roughly a month later, Google Now has now appeared in the App Store as part of a revamped version 3.0 of the company's Google Search app.
    The Verge has a brief preview of what users can expect from Google Now on iOS:
    Google reports that 22 of the 29 card types found on the Android version of Google Now are making their way to the iOS version, with airline boarding passes, Fandango, and local events being among those not making the transition.

    Google Search with Google Now functionality is available now in the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: 'Google Search' for iOS Updated With Google Now
  2. haruhiko macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    The always on location service usage in the background (even long after the app is closed) is unacceptable.
  3. wenghan1992 macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2011
  4. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    Yes please!
  5. kenypowa macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    so don't use it. Lots of other people will.
  6. viskon macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2012
  7. drew0020 macrumors 65816


    Nov 10, 2006
    Beautiful app. Didn't even know about Google now till today. I am loving it so far!
  8. JarJarThomas macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2013
    I am sorry, i don't know google now. Is it working in germany ?
    What does it ? and is it really usefull or only a hype ?
    And what data wants google from me to use it ?
  9. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    I'll try it.. but I'm not sure if it's going to replace my regular app usage.
  10. crackbookpro macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
    Google makes great apps for iOS NOWWW... I think Apple ended up winning in the tech game of the Apple Maps debut headline(fail short-term though), and in turn, in due time, we the consumer won as well with better apps from everyone.

    Maybe Apple was mistaken for releasing Apple Maps too early, but NOW, at least that altercation between the 2 co's ramped up Google iOS app developers.

    Google Search is awesome & so is Google Maps...

    Even if the app is terminated 'Location Services' is still on???
  11. samac92, Apr 29, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2013

    samac92 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
    Very nicely designed, and voice search is so fast and accurate and shows what you're saying in real time, far better than Siri. Good job Google.
  12. sneaky butcher, Apr 29, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2013

    sneaky butcher macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2011
    google now is creepy. If i'm standing next to a bus stop and launch google now it gives me cards that tell me the bus schedule :cool: clever stuff,

    on android it works in your google searches into the cards you see. If you search for attractions or restraunts the next time your out and about and launch google now it will give you cards with suggestions for attractions & restraunts, you can tell it if those were usefull or not etc. pretty sweet

    i take it on ios it wont have the ability to play music or launch apps?
  13. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
  14. sneaky butcher macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2011
    yeah google voice stuff used to work the same way as apples. Record the whole phrase and send it to the server. Now its an open mic and transcribes each word as you say it. You can dictate for ages with it

    apple needs more server power to deliver a service like googles.
  15. a.gomez, Apr 29, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2013

    a.gomez macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2008
    very nice... glad to see Google putting in 100% regardless of platform - it looks and works great on an ipad.
  16. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2005
    Used this for 5 min and realized it kept location services on. Uninstalled.
  17. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

    Nov 16, 2011
    Ya just realized that it doesn't stop using location services even after I quit the app from switcher....that's a deal breaker for me because controlling location service for it manually is is too much...otherwise great app
  18. MrGuder macrumors 68000


    Nov 30, 2012
    Battery hog due to location services always on

    I noticed this too, the arrow shows even if you close the app, it must be because you are signed into your g mail account.

    I also noticed that it is draining my battery alot more, I have lost 5% in just a couple mins. (I'm not use to having location services always on so I am noticing a loss in my battery meter.
  19. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    Bay Area
  20. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Of course it does, that's how it works. I keep Google Now on 24/7 on my Nexus 4 and get 1.5 days of battery life with it active. It's a nice thing to have.
  21. pirg macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2013
    Google now is awesome, one of the best things on android. Glad to see it on ios.
  22. acorntoy macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2010
    I love how google is making it easier and easier not to switch platforms.
  23. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    Looks like I can get rid of NowNow now.


    They have one.
  24. sneaky butcher macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2011
    whats classed as location services in ios? gps/wifi/3g? if so you need quick toggles - speak to apple
  25. haruhiko, Apr 29, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2013

    haruhiko macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    Yes, even if you double press home button and terminate the Google app, the location service is still on and if you go to Settings, Privacy, Location Services (iOS 6), you can clearly see a purple arrow (i.e. currently using location service) next to the Google app icon.


    Location services means location services. It means that an app is querying the OS about your location.


    Google app continually gets your location data even if you think that its process has been terminated by double clicking home button and long pressing the app icon.

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