Google reveals redesigned Google Search app for iPhone

16 Mar 2011

Google’s former mobile app for iPhone has been replaced by a redesigned Google Search App for the iPhone or iPod touch that comes with a new toolbar to make it easier to filter results, as well as access other services, like Images, News and Videos.

The app is designed to run faster and make it easier to find what you need. For example, when browsing through search results or looking at a webpage, you can swipe down to see the search bar or change your settings.

There’s an Apps button at the bottom of the screen for rapid access to the mobile versions of all Google products.

New toolbar

Google has also included a new toolbar that makes it easier to filter results. It can be opened by simply swiping your finger left to right.

“Second, we’ve made it easier to pick up searching where you left off. If you leave the app and come back later, you’ll be able either to start a new search right away (just tap in the search box to type, hit the microphone button to do a voice search or tap on the camera icon to use Google Goggles) or get back to exactly where you were by tapping on the lower part of the page,” explained Alastair Tse, software engineer at Google.

“Finally, there are a number of improvements we’ve made to everything else you love in the app, including Google Goggles, Voice Search, Search with My Location, Gmail unread counts and more,” Tse said.

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