All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


Google launches Now for iOS

29 Apr 2013
Apple iPhone 5 front featuring 4G and 4in screen

Google has launched its Now predictive search platform for Apple's iOS.

The company is bringing the platform to Apple's mobile operating system as a feature on the new version of Google's Search application for the iPhone and iPad. Users will be able to access Now through the Search app itself.

The update will allow users to access the personal assistant features offered by the Now platform, such as weather, scheduling and live updates on information such as flights, traffic and other location-specific data.

The Now service also offers personalised news feeds, such as scores and updates on a user's favourite sports teams and leagues.

First launched as part of the Jelly Bean update, Google Now serves as the personal assistant for the Android platform, a role filled in iOS by the Siri application. In making the Now platform a feature of the Search application, however, Google is able to skirt Apple's notoriously tight restrictions on Apps that compete with its own branded offerings.

While many of the features of Now have been brought over to iOS, components such as gesture controls and certain third-party integration features were not said to be included in the update.

iOS users can obtain the Google Search update with Now through the iTunes App Store. The application is available free of charge and requires iOS 5.0 or later.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Shaun Nichols
About

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for V3.co.uk. He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

More on Search
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

Green IT poll

How important is it to your business that a cloud provider uses renewable energy like solar or wind to power their data centres?
19%
6%
5%
2%
68%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
mike-schutz-microsoft-server-and-cloud-division

Microsoft's Mike Schutz discusses the firm's cloud computing strategy [Video]

V3 interviews Microsoft general manager for Windows Server and Management, Mike Schutz, to find out why customers should adopt the Private Cloud

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv3may

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging

ibmv3may

Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Senior Software Developer (.NET / ASP.NET / C# / MVC)

I am recruiting for a successful and ambitious company...

Citrix 3rd Line Engineer

Our client requires an experienced Citrix 3rd Line Engineer...

Java Developer - Leeds- £30,000 - £50,000

Java Developer - Leeds - £30,000 - £50,000 Java, Spring...

Senior Agile Java Developer - York - £45,000

Senior Agile Java Developer - York - £45,000 Java...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.