Google launches rival to Siri for iOS

Google's advanced search has been on Android since the launch of Jelly Bean, and now Google is bringing it over to iOS to compete with Apple's voice assistant, Siri. The app for iPhone and iPad offers voice recognition that enables Google to understand what a user is saying. Users can launch the app, and tap the microphone to ask things such as flight information, event times, directions, almost any question thanks to Google's Knowledge Graph, and even requests such as "Play me the trailer for the latest Bond movie" and "What is the weather like in London?". The app also gives the normal Google results below the information a user asks for.

The app is avaliable now for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch right here.

Source: Google Blog

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I am loving it. Like others have stated can't wait for a JB for my iPhone 5 and a cydia tweak to make this take the place of Siri.

If you want it to speak back the results you will need to set the language in the preferences to "English (US)".

This doesn't seem to affect the recognition, at least not for me (and I'm welsh)

DomZ said,
If you want it to speak back the results you will need to set the language in the preferences to "English (US)".

This doesn't seem to affect the recognition, at least not for me (and I'm welsh)

Yep that worked for me, cheers

Techno_Funky said,
My iPad 2 doesn't speak the searches, any Idea ??

Yeah same here, doesnt speak at all just shows the results.. It's a shame

Im interested to see if this comes out on Windows 8. It seems like Apple and Msft are playing nice with each other. But google is totally ignoring Msft hoping that they wont eat into their mobile share. They're also trying to battle MSFt o many fronts. Chromebook, docs, mobile, search, etc

gohatters said,
Im interested to see if this comes out on Windows 8. It seems like Apple and Msft are playing nice with each other. But google is totally ignoring Msft hoping that they wont eat into their mobile share. They're also trying to battle MSFt o many fronts. Chromebook, docs, mobile, search, etc
Well that's because it's hard to ignore the market share of iOS devices - hence Google is willing to spend time/money to develop for iOS. Google must feel MS just doesn't have a big enough market share to spend time/money to develop apps (all their services) for that platform. Google competes with both Microsoft and Apple, in terms of all their services.

tsupersonic said,
Well that's because it's hard to ignore the market share of iOS devices - hence Google is willing to spend time/money to develop for iOS. Google must feel MS just doesn't have a big enough market share to spend time/money to develop apps (all their services) for that platform. Google competes with both Microsoft and Apple, in terms of all their services.

I'm not so sure that's the reason. While the market share thing is true, it won't be on Win8, and the effect of Win8 may give rise to WP8 (+ Nokia of course).

Remember Eric Schmidt's classification of the big four? He said these four companies: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, dominates the internet. As you can see, Microsoft is missing from the list, even though they have more and bigger internet services than Apple and Amazon.

When asked why Microsoft was missing, he told it was on purpose. Google is ignoring Microsoft because they want them to be irrelevant.

BGM said,
now how do i make it launch by holding down the iPhone button ;D

I'm sure someone will make it work and add it to Cydia.

It's faster than Siri, but it's really picky in its query syntax.

As an example: Siri correctly understands "What was the score of the NFL game on Monday?" Google Now just gives a generic list of NFL scores for the weekend. However, if I ask Google "What was the score of the 49ers game on Monday?", it correctly answers the question with the specific score.

Rafyelzz said,
Its also available for Windows 8. I tried the voice feature yesterday.

Do you have a link? I can't seem to find it.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Download Maps+. It's basically Google Maps.


Except for compass support and public transportation features...

a0me said,

Except for compass support and public transportation features...

Hence why I said "basically". It still uses the Google's maps.