Google Now Arrives on iPhone, iPad

Google Now Arrives on iPhone, iPad


Apple iOS users do not need to envy their Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean counterparts anymore as Google Now is available on the iPad and iPhone. All you need to do is to head to App Store and update the Google Search app.

Instead of swiping up or long-pressing a button on Android devices, Google Now can be accessed on the iOS device by opening the Google Search app and swiping up to reveal the cards. As expected, the types of Google Now cards available on iOS are lesser than Android. 22 of the 29 cards available on Android will be making their way to iOS, some of which are: 

  • Weather
  • Traffic
  • Public Transport 
  • Flight Status 
  • Sports 
  • Calendar
  • Translate 
  • Currency Conversion 
  • Time at Home

Another limitation of Google Now on iOS is its inability to do the extent of background sync that it can do on Android. It will support iOS background location feature so that the time taken to pin-point your location upon opening the Search app will be minimized. High priority Google Now alerts will not be integrated with iOS's notification system.

Google unveiled Now as one of the key features of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last year. Commonly referred as the Android version of Apple's Siri, Google Now uses personal data in your smartphone to retrieve helpful and informative data to help you in your day-to-day life.

Sources: Google Blog via The Verge, Engadget

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