Google makes Now functionality as good on iOS as on Android

5 Nov 2013

Google has upgraded its search app on iOS to include notifications and reminders and a slew of other features that make the app as good on iOS as on Android devices.

The app for iPhones and iPads will include notifications and users can set reminders  that trigger when they are near a location and need to conduct a particular task.

The app comes with voice functionality so if the user says “OK Google, remind me to mail the cheques when I get home,” you’ll get a notification as soon as your house pulls into view. 

Future Human

Google has also boosted the Google Now functionality on iOS so that if a user arrives at a concert or airport their ticket or boarding pass with flash up on the screen.

In what could be competition for Apple’s Siri when the search app is open users just say “OK Google” to ask any question and get instant answers spoken back.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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