Today, Google updated its Google Search app for iOS to version 4.0.0, which brings plenty of new features and improved voice search.
The search giant has added new voice question capabilities which allows users to engage in smarter conversations with Google Now. After launching the Google Search app, users can start a conversation by saying, “OK Google”. Much like Apple’s Siri, users can now ask more casual questions like, “What’s the weather like?”.
Much like Google Now on Android, users will now be able to ask a follow up question like ” What about this weekend?”. The new Google Search app is now smart enough to recognize a more human-like conversation. In the example above Google Now will know that you are referring to the weather on the weekend.
Google Search will now give users more personalized results, informing users about interesting articles on preferred topics, giving information about upcoming trips, and more. The app has also received support for cricket sports cards in Google Now, along with performance enhancements that improves loading times to Google Now and Search.
Here is a full list of features including in the latest version of Google Search for iOS:
What’s New in Version 4.0.0
With today’s update, you can ask questions with your voice & get updates on topics you care about.
Have a smarter conversation with Google:
• Tap the microphone or say “Ok Google” to start
• Ask questions such as “What’s the weather like?”
• Then follow up with “How about this weekend?”
At Google, we know the web well. With Google Now, we’ll tell you when there’s an interesting article for:
• Your favorite topics
• Your upcoming trips
• Your favorite authors and blogs
Smaller updates include:
• Cricket sports cards in Google Now
• Faster loading of Google Search and Google Now
• More beautiful and fluid image results
Apple is expected to announce iOS 8 alongside OS X 10.10 at its WorldWide Developers Conference in June. With WWDC just around the corner, what features would you like to see Apple include in iOS 8? Let us know in the comments below.
Google Search for iOS is available as a free download from the App Store.