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If you think the Siri search feature on the iPhone is pretty cool and convenient, you might find it a little slow and clumsy after testing out the updated version of the iOS Google Search app, released on Tuesday. Google Search goes beyond the web browser search feature in iOS Safari by allowing users to make voice and text activated queries, as well as searches based on a snapped photo.

Google says the new 2.5 version includes high speeds in voice searches, faster and significantly improved voice recognition, and Siri-like voice responses to various types of questions.

To conduct voice activated searches, you simply launch the app, tap the Voice icon and state your query or topic. In many cases the results of the search arrive in less than a second or two—in the form of familiar text results you get with normal Google search results, and/or in the form of a voice assistance response, similar to Siri.

For example, asking “What’s the weather like tomorrow morning?” results not only in literal answer, but also a summary of the information spoken back to you.

For now, voice searches can only be done in English. Questions like, “When does Unite Airlines flight 900 depart?”or “What’s 15% of 47 dollars and 44 cents?” will get you voice responses, but queries can be made about anything. See here for other sample questions. Google says it will bring this voice functionality to other languages soon.


The Google app also conduct searches based on a photo you take of a familiar object or product.

Source: Google Official Blog

  1. Paolo Maffezzoli
    November 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Good enhancement for Google Serch App. Hoping that it will be added also other languages.

  2. Boni Oloff
    November 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Google always make a serious feature on their product, and everybody loves them.. :D

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 7, 2012 at 12:14 am

      I probably won't use the app much, but it's amazing to see how fast it is.

      • Boni Oloff
        November 7, 2012 at 7:43 am

        Yeah, i almost never use the voice search.. But that's cool when needed.

  3. Raghav Gupta
    November 3, 2012 at 5:23 am

    SIRI is best :P

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 7, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Raghav, have you giving the Google app a try yet to see how fast it is?

  4. Mark O'Neill
    November 1, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I did 10 voice searches and it exactly recognised my deep Scottish accent every time, 10 for 10. Not even Siri can match that.

    I think the Google app just got promoted to my front page of apps on my iPhone screen....

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 7, 2012 at 12:13 am

      Cool to hear that, Mark. The searches are super fast. Even faster than Siri it seems.

  5. Félix S. De Jesús
    November 1, 2012 at 3:08 am

    I Love it, except that part in which I mention some names, specially in Spanish, like Zuleyka Rivera, and the app types another thing. :/

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 7, 2012 at 12:13 am

      Félix, I don't think it's set up for other languages yet.

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