Google Now Hits iPhone And iPad With Fewer Features
Google has made Google Now available on iOS in a new update to the Search app for iPhones and iPads.
Here’s the description for what’s new in version 3.0.0:
Get just the right information at just the right time with Google Now.
• weather and traffic conditions before you start your day
• updates on your favorite sports teams and breaking news stories as they happen
Find out more about all other ways Google Now can help at http://www.google.com/now
Google Now on iOS doesn’t support as many features as its Android counterpart. According to The Verge, Google will support the iOS background location feature, but it won’t use the iOS notification system to push Google Now alerts like on Android.
It also only has 22 of the 29 card types available on Android, leaving out boarding passes, local events, and Fandango, to name a few. Of course, Apple’s own Passbook offers similar features.
The app is available in the App Store.
Update: Google has now posted about the offering on the official blog, adding:
In addition to the handy cards in Google Now, the Google Search app still gives you instant answers to all your questions. Try tapping the microphone and speak to your phone—you’ll get quick answers spoken back to you. For example, ask Google, “Do I need an umbrella this weekend?” and you’ll get the forecast. Or ask “Who’s in the cast of ‘Oblivion’?” to decide if you want to see it. Voice Search is particularly handy on the go—try “Show me nearby pizza places” and you’ll see a map of restaurants around you with directions, phone numbers, ratings and hours.