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Google Search for iOS Gains Voice Input

5 November 2013 52 views No Comment

Choice is good and Google Search for iOS now offers the option to search with your voice. Granted, this isn’t top-level, just works functionality, like Siri, but it is a better way to get to Google Maps.

With the app installed and running, you can now say, “OK Google,” to your iThing and initiate a search, which is both cool and a little creepy — demo video clip below the fold.

Google Search 3.1 (free) for iOS:
• Improved Notifications:
— When to leave for your next appointment or event
— If your flight is running late
— How to catch the last train home
• Ask Google to remember things for you. Just say:
— “Remind me to buy coffee beans at Starbucks,” or
— “Remind me to check out the fair this weekend” and Google will remind you at the right time, place
• You can also ask to be reminded when your favorite:
— Musicians release a new album
— TV show has a new episode
— Actors star in a new movie
— Celebrities and politicians make headlines Just search and press the “remind me” button
• New cards organize the info you care about:
— Tickets for movies, concerts and events
— Boarding passes for your flights
— Reservation confirmations for car rentals
— Warnings when your last train home leaves
— Lists of upcoming local events
• And, finally, search is better than ever with:
— A redesigned and simplified homepage
— Gestures to zoom or throw away images
— One touch sign in if you use other Google apps
— Improved voiceover accessibility

Fundamentally, to get to voice search in Google Search for iOS, you will need to swipe to unlock, input your passcode, launch the app and then say “OK Google” or press microphone button. Siri is always accessible by pressing and holding the Home button for a moment.

The one advantage? Google Search will redirect to you Google Maps, which is often janky, as opposed to Apple Maps, which is also often janky.

Honestly, I like Apple Maps, which is certainly a lot better than people give it credit for.

Are you excited about the new functionality in Google Search?

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