Google Search iOS App Gets Siri-like Voice Search Capabilities


Google has just pushed a significant update to its Google Search universal iPhone / iPad app with an improved voice search, that behaves pretty much like Apple’s own digital voice assistant Siri. The voice recognition engine is much faster than before, thanks to its on the fly text streaming.

Similar to Siri, you tap the red mic icon and say a command like “what’s the weather today”. Search results will instantly show you the weather forecast for your current location. Interestingly, the search engine even recognizes queries like “will I need an umbrella today” or ” is any rain expected today in Victoria”. Likewise, you can ask for directions to any place e.g “where is Starbucks” or “give me directions to Starbucks”.

During our initial tests, we found the new Google search to be quite impressive with its snappy and precise responses. We also like how it reads out the answers, though you can switch off the “Speak answers back” toggle any time. Below are some screens showing you all the things you can ask.

As always, the app is available for free in the App Store. Try it out and let us know how it works for you!



  • Google apps on iOS devices are Google’s trojan horse. People get a taste of what Google offers, and maybe start looking at an Android device with these features built in for their next phone.

  • It’s very quick Siri can take a few moment some times to come up with what your asking her . I’m impressed .

  • Same. The speed is pretty awesome. Good on Google for getting this right.

  • Apple_Sauce

    Definitely. I know I will be switching to an Android of some flavour next.

    I am not sure of the Google app design, however SIRI will always be slow. When you send the recorded voice to a server for translation to text, it is always slower than if you translate locally then send the query for data. With SIRI not knowing how to do anything locally, it will always be slow, and perhaps not even work in most cases without an internet connection (for local functions, obviously not requiring internet )

  • Cc

    This Google voice search is definitely better than Siri on searches. Siri is still slow, and still misinterprets speech. I’m very impressed. I May also consider Android devices too, if apple don’t improve Siri or get a new system altogether.
    Google and Android is catching up quickly. Could this be the beginning of the end of the iPhone?

  • Exactly. It’s REALLY silly that Siri is completely useless when there is no internet connection. Especially when in comes to information already on the phone (i.e. contacts, calendars, etc.).

    Apple should give us a toggle which says “use Voice Control instead of Siri when no internet connection is available”. Or even better, integrate Voice Control into Siri so that Siri can search the device locally when no internet is available.

    The key here is no wait time. Google’s implementation of this is really impressive, and it’s getting harder to pay Fido their $80 per month for an iPhone plan with limited data, when I could get a Nexus from Wind or Google and be paying $45 per month for unlimited everything, and get the latest version of Android. I love iOS, but I can’t ignore the fact that Android has caught up to and in some ways surpassed iOS.