After nearly three months when it was first announced by Google, the Google Search app for iOS has been updated with significantly improved voice search functionality. Like Apple’s Siri, users will now get answers spoken back, along with a page of web results – just as if you had typed the query out yourself. Upon tapping the microphone button at the bottom of the screen and making your voice search, the app quickly displays the query text and results are returned almost instantly. In many cases, I’ve found it faster than Siri. As per Google blog, here are some questions you can ask:
- “What does Yankee Stadium look like?” Google will show you hundreds of pictures instantly.
- “Play me a trailer of the upcoming James Bond movie.” The trailer starts playing immediately right within Google Search.
- “When does daylight savings time end?” The answer will appear above the search results, so you can set your clock without having to click on a link.
- “Who’s in the cast of The Office?” See a complete cast list and find out who made you crack up last night.
Of course, Google Search won’t be able to set your alarm or make that reminder in your calendar (among other integrated iOS actions), but it’s impressive nonetheless. If you don’t have an iDevice that supports Siri (i.e iPad 3/4/mini and iPhone 4S/5), Google Search is arguably the best app to rely on for when searching the web with simply your voice.
The Google Search update also brings iPhone 5 support and requires a minimum requirement of an iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 4.3 or higher. For more examples of what you can ask, head over to the Google Search by voice overview page.
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