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  • Google to Challenge Siri with Enhanced iOS Search App


    Both Apple and Google haven’t been on good terms recently (as noted with the stock YouTube app disappearing in iOS 6) and they both continue to compete in the same markets. The search giant recently lifted the curtain on a major update to the iOS Search app. Google’s Search app for iOS will soon be receiving an update that will improve the voice assistant component and bring it on par with its Android Jelly Bean counterpart. The upcoming version of the search app is said to take advantage of Google’s experience with speech recognition and it’s Knowledge Graph, which tries to make connections between different pieces of information.

    For iOS users, the updated Search app will let you ask a question using natural language and receive a spoken answer, much like Apple’s own digital assistant, Siri. The range of information available spans everything from weather and local movie listings to the height and weight of your favorite sports star. The feature is supposedly a small improvement that Google says is vital in building its search engine for the next generation.

    You can watch a video of Google’s promotion below:



    The developer and entrepreneur behind the app, Ndav Gur, says that queries based on concepts, not keywords is the future of search. He believes that apps like Siri and Google Search are “on the cusp of an entirely new thing.”

    For those of you who are interested, Google’s free iOS Search app should be receiving the update within a few weeks.

    Source: Google (blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google to Challenge Siri with Enhanced iOS Search App started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Very nice, good job Google.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      This seems pretty cool.
    1. KernelPad's Avatar
      KernelPad -
      Yeah, tough competition between Siri and a google search app.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      I'll stick with Siri got more features
    1. Golfinglenn's Avatar
      Golfinglenn -
      Who wants to bet Apple sues???
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Wouldn't put it past them.
    1. rcm's Avatar
      rcm -
      Attacking from the inside, nice one google. I just hope i can do more than ask about Cape Cod.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      They have to let it thru iTunes App Store first! Apple could not approve the update for iTunes. Lol
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      Still can't watch the video from the application are they ever going to address this issue?
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      I'd love to watch Apple sue them for patent violations lol. It seems Apple and Google haven't been getting along too well lately...
    1. xXR3H@NXx.'s Avatar
      xXR3H@NXx. -
      Next few weeks? I thought it was in a few days!
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Ive personally tied both siri and google. Google is better with no doubt in my mind. Not only are the speeds faster on google, but the information you receives seems to make more sense then on the iphone using siri. +1 google.
    1. Holyloktar's Avatar
      Holyloktar -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      I'll stick with Siri got more features
      Google wins, hands down. Faster results, accurate results, information cards, etc. Apple's lost this one.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I'm looking forward to Nuance's 'Nina' to see who's really the champ!!!
    1. Kenn@rd.'s Avatar
      Kenn@rd. -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I'm looking forward to Nuance's 'Nina' to see who's really the champ!!!
      can anyone say H A L 9000? Huh?
    1. CoronaDelux's Avatar
      CoronaDelux -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      I'll stick with Siri got more features
      This comment means you haven't tried the google voice search on jelly bean yet lol.
    1. TechnoUniversity's Avatar
      TechnoUniversity -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      I'll stick with Siri got more features
      You obviously are a fanboy. Everyone can tell that you haven't tried out google search and that your blindly biased. Pathetic.
    1. Kenn@rd.'s Avatar
      Kenn@rd. -
      Quote Originally Posted by CoronaDelux View Post
      This comment means you haven't tried the google voice search on jelly bean yet lol.
      No, I haven't. And my HAL 9000 remark was only in reference to everyone who is leaning towards A.I. Which is where this technology is headed, that's all. Or it can be our demise. Also, in regards to the voice search on google, oh I bet that that will be awesome and would love to see how it performs!
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Glad this is coming to iPhone! I love using this on my HTC one x.
    1. staRang's Avatar
      staRang -
      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      I'd love to watch Apple sue them for patent violations lol. It seems Apple and Google haven't been getting along too well lately...
      How is this in violation of any patents?

      As consumers, we want competition... You fanboys are amazingly ignorant.