Google Search app updated with improved voice search functionality
After nearly three months when it was first announcedÂ by Google, the Google SearchÂ app for iOS has been updated withÂ significantlyÂ 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:
- â€œWhat does Yankee Stadium look like?â€ Google will show you hundreds of pictures instantly.
- â€œPlay me a trailer of the upcoming James Bond movie.â€ The trailer starts playing immediately right within Google Search.
- â€œWhen does daylight savings time end?â€ The answer will appear above the search results, so you can set your clock without having to click on a link.
- Â â€œWhoâ€™s in the cast of The Office?â€Â 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.
TheÂ Google SearchÂ update also brings iPhone 5 support and requires a minimum requirement of anÂ iPhone, iPod touch, and iPadÂ 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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