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  • Google Search App Gets iPhone 5 Support and Improved Voice Search


    Google hasn’t released Google Maps for iOS nor have they updated their YouTube application for the iPhone 5’s 4-inch display yet, however that doesn’t mean Google isn’t working on new things for iOS. Today Google has updated their Google Search application for iOS to version 2.5 adding an improved voice search.

    The new voice search is very elegant to use, as it will literally spell words out in front of your eyes as you speak them. It’s also really accurate – more than I can say for Siri at times.

    You will notice Google is ready to show off their new voice search feature as soon as you launch the Google Search application, since a new popup appears saying “Try our new voice search” as soon as you update the application. When you tap on it, you’ll see an interface like the one above and you can start speaking to your iPhone. Whatever you say will be searched for through Google’s search engine (surprise?).

    You can also ask Google’s new voice search similar questions that you would ask Siri and get spoken responses. Users of older iOS devices that aren't the iPhone 4S and newer will enjoy the fact that they can get Siri-like functionality without having Siri. You can view Google's demo video of the new Google Search application below:

    Youtube Video



    Also, you will notice from the additional vertical pixels in the screenshots that Google has added iPhone 5 4-inch display support. Now you can view Web pages in the Google Search application using all 1136 vertical pixels instead of the limiting 960-pixel view. Everything looks and feels much better now just because of this small little addition of vertical pixels.

    Google Search seems like a handy tool for all iOS users. If you’re interested in downloading it for free, you can find it at the link below:

    Google Search

    Sources: App Store via Google
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Search App Gets iPhone 5 Support and Improved Voice Search started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Works incredibly well. Good job, Google team.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Will check this out
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Great app, thanks to Google team
    1. Outrager's Avatar
      Outrager -
      I wish you could add reminders and stuff by just saying it and having it put into Google calendar or something.
      I loved using Google Now on the Nexus 7 and being able to say something like "Remind me in 20 minutes to move the car." and having it set up an alarm for you without going through drop boxes of dates and times.
    1. Jj2345's Avatar
      Jj2345 -
      Yeah I love how smooth she speaks.funny thing is on my old iPhone 4 I don't get any voice feed back,but on both my iPad 2 and iPhone 5 i get the voice feedback
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jj2345 View Post
      Yeah I love how smooth she speaks.funny thing is on my old iPhone 4 I don't get any voice feed back,but on both my iPad 2 and iPhone 5 i get the voice feedback
      That's funny. I get voice feedback on my iPhone 4. Check your sound settings.
    1. TrueLoyaltyInc's Avatar
      TrueLoyaltyInc -
      Oh man... Beautiful!!!
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Outrager View Post
      I wish you could add reminders and stuff by just saying it and having it put into Google calendar or something.
      I loved using Google Now on the Nexus 7 and being able to say something like "Remind me in 20 minutes to move the car." and having it set up an alarm for you without going through drop boxes of dates and times.
      Pretty sure thats a limitation put in place by Apple to not let apps do stuff at the system level, except for their own stuff. I mean...if Google could do it...people would stop using Siri.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Pretty cool app. Voice is nice and smooth. Too bad she can't take over my phone. But I guess that's all this app can do
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Good for people that don't have Siri.
    1. kokakola's Avatar
      kokakola -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      That's funny. I get voice feedback on my iPhone 4. Check your sound settings.
      Change your language to US ENGLISH in the settings and it will give you voice feedback....

      Quote Originally Posted by Jj2345 View Post
      Yeah I love how smooth she speaks.funny thing is on my old iPhone 4 I don't get any voice feed back,but on both my iPad 2 and iPhone 5 i get the voice feedback
      Change your language from default to US ENGLISH in the settings and it will give you voice feedback....
    1. Jj2345's Avatar
      Jj2345 -
      Ok thanks a lot,I'm now getting voice feedback from my iPhone 4!!
    1. kuanyu's Avatar
      kuanyu -
      Really smooth and fast.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Downloaded/tested = love it!
    1. Luismiguellopezx's Avatar
      Luismiguellopezx -
      Well it looks like google team did a good job on this app!!! Great google search looking!! Google rocks
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Is there any point to having this app if you have google chrome already?
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Works better than Siri, Google is awesome.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Works better than Siri, Google is awesome.
      Oh I see what you did there.

      Unfortunately, Siri still does more.
    1. madrich's Avatar
      madrich -
      I have installed it on my iPod Touch 4th Gen. It's cool. Very intuitive too.
    1. Breezer23's Avatar
      Breezer23 -
      Interesting this supports more devices then Siri does.