Google Now may be coming to iOS

Google Now is arguably the most interesting voice command application out there  but only a limited number of Android devices have support for the service right now. However Google Now's market will increase greatly in the following months with the release of Google Now for iOS.

A leaked video shows an official promo for the service designed for iPhones and iPads. The app will be integrated into Google's Search app already available on iOS. The service will work much as it does on the Android platform. It aggregates different types of data such as location and time and shows you cards with important information that you might need: such as traffic jams on your way home, or weather alerts, or flight delays. Google Now will offer the same, very robust, audio recognition service so you can interact with it using only your voice. 

It's not clear when the service will launch, but expect to be quite soon as Google seem poised to greatly expand this service.

Via: BGR Source: Engadget

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It needs to offer conversation flow kind of like Siri.

Trying to blurt our your sentence in one go and having it understand it is not always an easy challenge especially when using integrated phone services like messages.

Until then it's just a gimick.

I've been enjoying Google Now on my ancient Droid Incredible (with a custom rom) for a few months now.

I'm amazed the geniuses over at XDA have been able to extend the Incredible's life so far...

"It's not clear when the service will launch, but expect to be quite soon"

Isn't that deceiving? They should rename it to "Google Soon" then.

francescob said,
"It's not clear when the service will launch, but expect to be quite soon"

Isn't that deceiving? They should rename it to "Google Soon" then.

The name of the product isn't about when the product is coming to your device.

Neobond said,
So will this be available for iPhone 4 as well, or is it limited to Siri enabled (4S, 5) iPhones?

Not sure as this has not been confirmed yet. Wouldnt be cool if Google made this available for the 4 - 5 iPhone models and not ICS Android.

I've had it working on my jailbroken ipod touch 4g for awhile now and all it does is integrate it using the google search app. And it works fine. So if they restrict the iphone 4 then its only arbitrary.

Anaron said,
Damn, I didn't know that it's only available on Jelly Bean (4.1/4.2).

Yea, my mom keeps asking why she cannot do that since she is on ICS. I can understand it not being on older versions of the Android OS...but ICS is not really that much different that JB.

techbeck said,

Yea, my mom keeps asking why she cannot do that since she is on ICS. I can understand it not being on older versions of the Android OS...but ICS is not really that much different that JB.

I'd be disappointed if I bought an Android device with ICS only to learn that it doesn't support Google Now. I find it to be very useful on my sister's Nexus S.

I don't understand why Google doesn't port it to 4.0. It's not like ICS devices don't have the specs to handle Google Now.

techbeck said,

Yea, my mom keeps asking why she cannot do that since she is on ICS. I can understand it not being on older versions of the Android OS...but ICS is not really that much different that JB.

Not visually, but behind the scenes, there are. Bunch of api differences.

techbeck said,

Yea, my mom keeps asking why she cannot do that since she is on ICS. I can understand it not being on older versions of the Android OS...but ICS is not really that much different that JB.

I thought there are some ports to ics made by xda members?

tanjiajun_34 said,
I thought there are some ports to ics made by xda members?

Think you have to be rooted tho...and my mom doesnt want me to root her phone.

tsupersonic said,
Good news for iOS users, and WP gets left behind again.

And BlackBerry and most of the other Android devices...not just WP.

techbeck said,

And BlackBerry and most of the other Android devices...not just WP.

Well if you have a recent Android device, it is not Google's fault it has not received the 4.1/4.2 updates. It's up to the cell phone manufacturer/carrier to release updates, which is out of Google's realm of control. Android and iOS are the big dogs, so I guess they think it's not worth their time/effort to create apps for WP/Blackberry/Other mobile OS's.

tsupersonic said,
Well if you have a recent Android device, it is not Google's fault it has not received the 4.1/4.2 updates. It's up to the cell phone manufacturer/carrier to release updates, which is out of Google's realm of control. Android and iOS are the big dogs, so I guess they think it's not worth their time/effort to create apps for WP/Blackberry/Other mobile OS's.

I don't think Google Now is available for ICS (4.1). Just JB (4.2) So that leaves a lot of Android users out.

techbeck said,

I don't think Google Now is available for ICS (4.1). Just JB (4.2) So that leaves a lot of Android users out.

Wait... Just correcting 4.1 and 4.2 are Jelly Beans and 4.0 is ICS.

techbeck said,

Yea, typo on my part and I edited my post.

Well, looks like my edit didnt take. But yes, ICS is 4.0 and JB is 4.1/4.2.

Anaron said,
How would this even work in WP8? The search button is locked to Bing.
Make it a third party app & live tile. I can see it fitting into WP...