Google has added new features to its search app for iOS. The updated app now offers voice search which aims to recognize a user's context and intent. Google's enhanced app looks to take on Siri and try to convert some iPhone users over to Android.
"Fast and accurate voice recognition technology enables Google to understand exactly what you're saying," wrote Google Search engineer Kenneth Bongort in a blog post.
Getting an answer is as simple as tapping on the microphone icon and asking a question like, 'Is United Airlines flight 318 on time?' Your words appear as you speak, you get your answer immediately, and, if it's short and quick like the status and departure time of your flight, Google tells you the answer aloud."
Google's enhanced search app will be able to do handle search results in much the same way that Siri can. Users can ask a question and the app will verbalize an answer.
The move to bring voice search to a Google app on iOS could be seen as an attempt to steal iPhone users. Perhaps Google is hoping the new app will show iPhone users that iOS and Android both offer similar features. Of course, whether that tactic can work is anybodies guess.
Apple did get a few groans when it failed to offer a viable alternative to Google Maps earlier this year. However, iPhone 5 sales didn't seem to be hit by the failed Apple app as the smartphone quickly sold out.
The Android OS has been talked up quite a bit recently. Google recently announced that Android's app marketplace offers 675,000 apps. While quite impressive, it still falls short of Apple's mark of 700,000 available apps on iOS.
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