Google Search app for iOS jumped to version 4.0.0, with several new features and improved “conversational” functions.
The significant update resembles the natural voice recognition facility of Google Now. You can tap the microphone icon or can trigger it by saying “OK, Google”. For example, a conversation could sound like this…
“Ok Google” – (to start a conversation),
“What’s the weather like?”,
“What about this weekend?”.
You can ask questions in succession without needing to tap the icon again or prompting it with an “Ok Google”. It feels more natural because as you can notice in the third successive query, you can do away with the word “weather”. It also helps you remain hands free while using the app.
Google says that image results will be more ‘beautiful and fluid’. New cards on Google Now will show interesting articles on your favorite topic, favorite blogs and authors, and information on upcoming trips. Support for cricket sports cards also arrives on iOS. The update also comes with the promise of faster search and intuitive swiping between webpages and the search results.
This May, the Android version of Google Search app also got important updates like a parking card which remembers where you parked. Importantly, it also enabled offline cards when the phone goes off the Internet.
The iOS version is also getting smarter and with another update, it could give Siri and Microsoft Bing a run for its money. The new Google Search app has been rolled out and you can download it from the App Store.
Source: The Next Web