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Google Now comes to iOS through updated Google Search app

updated 11:25 am EDT, Mon April 29, 2013

Lacks native OS intergration of Android version

Google has added Google Now to iOS in the form of an updated Search app. Now is the company's predictive results technology, until today available only to Android users. The feature pushes "cards" to a person based on their location and other personal information tracked by Google, such as local weather and traffic, flight statuses, and important news stories.

The iOS release of Now is less useful than the Android version, since it isn't natively integrated into the OS. Users must instead launch Search, opt into Now, and sign in with their Google account. Cards will then appear stacked at the bottom the app's homepage, and only expand when swiped up.

Otherwise both editions of Now are functionally similar. This includes the graphic displayed at the top of the Now window, which changes if a person happens to be in a major city such as Austin, London, or San Francisco. The iOS app is a free download and requires iOS 5 or later.

by MacNN Staff



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