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  • Google Search App Updated - Gets Google Now


    Google has Monday issued a major update to the Google Search application for iOS, bringing it to version 3.0. The update adds support for Google Now, a feature that was until today, only available on Android devices.

    When you launch the updated Google Search application for the first time after updating, you will be asked to sign in with your Google account. You will also start being walked through the Google Now tutorial, which explains all of the great features Google Now has available for you.



    Google Now gives you all of the information that you need ‘now,’ such as how long until getting to work, your current weather conditions outside, the statistics of your favorite sport teams, news stories, flight information, currency rates, and more. Check out Google's Google Now Video below:



    For a mobile-friendly video link that works with our app, tap on the video link below:

    YouTube Video

    One thing to be wary of is that Google Now will be almost always using your location, so you might notice a significant drain in battery life after using it. The feature is available universally among iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.

    Existing users of the Google Search application will find the update under the Updated tab in the App Store. Alternatively, you can download the updated Google Search application absolutely free via this App Store link.

    Sources: App Store
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Search App Updated - Gets Google Now started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Testing battery drain Now.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Gonna wait and see what people say about battery but it does seem pretty cool.
    1. gray bishop's Avatar
      gray bishop -
      I wonder if this finally shuts up the Android fanboys I work with, Google Now was the only thing they had going over my iPhone
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I thought iOS apps couldn't have background processes using your location constantly like Android.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by gray bishop View Post
      I wonder if this finally shuts up the Android fanboys I work with, Google Now was the only thing they had going over my iPhone
      lmao. the next 2 iPhones will still come up short against my shinny new Galaxy S4.
    1. trek-life's Avatar
      trek-life -
      Quote Originally Posted by gray bishop View Post
      I wonder if this finally shuts up the Android fanboys I work with, Google Now was the only thing they had going over my iPhone
      Good luck with that lol In my experience NOTHING will shut them up.
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      lmao. the next 2 iPhones will still come up short against my shinny new Galaxy S4.
      Correction*
      Black plastic can't be shiny
    1. dsjarvis's Avatar
      dsjarvis -
      I think you can buy an S4 in toys r us
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Testing battery drain Now.
      One issue - your location services icon becomes a bit pointless. You may as well etch or paint that little arrow onto the screen, because it's never going to not be there ;-)
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      I thought iOS apps couldn't have background processes using your location constantly like Android.
      I don't think so. I have an app that tracks my ski runs and runs all day in the background. It draws lines on the trail map and tells average and high speed, elevation and miles for each run.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      One issue - your location services icon becomes a bit pointless. You may as well etch or paint that little arrow onto the screen, because it's never going to not be there ;-)
      That is one of the reason I'll not be using this. My battery went down 25% in 5 hours which is not bad but having the icon there 24/7 is just gonna bug me. It's not even a geofence icon. It's a solid arrow. Deleting app.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      So you're supposed to leave it running in the background all day instead of killing it after closing it?
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Who has location on all day anyway? Google search with nownow is a win imo
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      Who has location on all day anyway? Google search with nownow is a win imo
      It's not that people turn it off, the glitch is that even when you close the app or lock your phone. Your phone is still updating your location constantly, killing the battery
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
      It's not that people turn it off, the glitch is that even when you close the app or lock your phone. Your phone is still updating your location constantly, killing the battery
      Oh ok thanks
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      That is one of the reason I'll not be using this. My battery went down 25% in 5 hours which is not bad but having the icon there 24/7 is just gonna bug me. It's not even a geofence icon. It's a solid arrow. Deleting app.
      There's no reason to delete the app. You can simply disable Google Now from the Google Search application's settings and the location icon will go away.

      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      So you're supposed to leave it running in the background all day instead of killing it after closing it?
      The application will draw your location whether you close the application from the background or not.