Google has announced today that it will be releasing a new version of its Google Search application for iOS soon, and with it will come a fairly significant new feature. Many of you may know of the service included in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean known as “Google Now.” It’s a Siri-esque service that replies with information when asked questions. Those searches can include things such as sports games, weather, local businesses, and much more. Well in this new version of Google Search for iOS, they are bringing it to the iPhone.
With this new version, you will get all the features that come with Google Now on Android. Except of course the persistent search bar widget, or the hold-down action of the search button. This is looking like it might be another part of the “Google -v- Apple” battle that seems to happening on iOS. First, the almost annoyingly reiterated point that Maps in iOS 6 will no longer be Google Maps, then YouTube was taken out, and now Google is directly competing with Siri with their own voice assistant type service. This is either going to turn into one big corporate shootout, or just a bunch of good new stuff for consumers. I don’t mind the second one.
What do you think? Is it wrong of Google to compete with Siri on iOS? Are you looking forward to using Google Now? Let us know in the comments.