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The Google Search app brings the company's many Internet resources to your iOS device and a recent redesign of the interface makes the app even better.
The app offers a cleaner layout for searches in this version with the familiar Google logo on white background as your homepage when you launch the app. Across the bottom you have three buttons to access Google Apps, Voice Search, and Google Goggles, the feature that lets you snap a picture of something to find out more about it, related products, and other info.
Performing searches is where the app really shines. When you enter a search term, Google Search shows the results you'd expect of Web sites that are relevant to your word and now automatically gives you results based on your location. If you touch a Web site link, the site shows up in a tab. If the site doesn't have what you're looking for, you can go back to your search results by simply swiping to the right to "get rid of" the Web site. Across the bottom of the search results are buttons to search Images, Places, News, Shopping, Videos, Blogs, Discussions, and Books. I really like how you can touch each to see what turns up for your search terms and it takes almost no time to switch quickly between categories.
In this new version, the Image search interface got an upgrade as well, showing images side-by-side, letting you scroll through them in full screen. Along with scrolling through images, the whole app feels smoother in the latest version, and search results seem to come up much quicker than before.
Along with all the new interface tweaks, you can now access Google's apps, edit your docs, update your calenders, and all the other things that Google has to offer. While it might be a minor thing, I don't like how the app handles spreadsheets, but can also understand that editing fields from a giant spreadsheet on a touch screen is a difficult UI problem. Hopefully, this is something Google will address in later updates.
Still, having the power of Google search, the apps, voice search, and more in a single app is definitely a useful addition to anyone's iPhone. The new redesign only makes the app more appealing.
The best of Google in one app. Say Ok Google and find everything from nearby restaurants to the calories in cheesecake. Google also shows you the info you need before you ask, like updates on your favorite teams and traffic alerts.Google Now automatically gives you the information you need throughout your day: Start the morning with weather, news & traffic Get updates on sports, movies & events Ask for a reminder to buy milk at the store Talk to Google: Say Ok Google and ask questions out loud* Google speaks the answer back to you Everything else you love about Google: Fast: get to search results quicker than ever Beautiful: get fluid, full screen image search Intuitive: Swipe between web pages & resultsMore about Google Now: www.google.com/now* requires iPhone 4s or later
What's new in this version:
Small tweaks to improve on the last update: Swipe right anywhere on iPad to get to history Enjoy a few bug fixes and speed improvements