Google Now Added to Google Search iPad App

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Google Now iPad app

Google Now has been added in an update to the Google Search iPad app today.

Here’s the change list for 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

Google Now is often compared to Siri and many believe it’s far more capable than the iOS voice assistant. I’ve been using a couple of new Android devices lately, primarily the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but I haven’t used Google Now enough just yet to have much of an opinion on it.

Here’s a little detail, via The Verge, on how Google Now on iOS compares to the experience on an Android device:

Google is making it official: with an update to the Google Search application, Google Now is available on iOS. Compatible with both the iPhone and iPad, the update brings almost all of Google’s information cards across from Android. The look and feel of the app is virtually identical on both platforms, a testament to Google’s newfound ability to make well-designed apps on iOS. The main differences between Android and iOS are few, mainly in that iOS can display fewer different kinds of cards. “The types of Google Now cards available are largely the same on both platforms,” says Baris Gultekin, Director of Product Management for Google Now.

Of course the biggest drawback on iOS is that there’s no built-in shortcut to invoke Google Now, without jailbreaking. I think that automatically means it will get far less use.

Here’s an App Store link for Google Search; it’s a free app and a universal app designed for iPad and iPhone.

What do you all think of Google now on iPad / iOS? Will you use it as much as Siri?

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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