Google Now Available on iOS

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Google NowGoogle’s popular search application is making the jump from Android, as the company released an update on Monday making the app available on the Apple iPhone and iPad.

The iOS port is high quality and offers much of the same functionality, including 22 of the 29 card types available on the Android version.

Unfortunately, however, the iOS version does have a few limitations. The app can’t be launched via a system-wide shortcut and doesn’t offer the same background sync capabilities found on Android. Additionally, the iOS version does not employ the iOS notification system to push high-priority alerts onto the screen.

And, as mentioned, the iOS version is missing seven cards found on the Android version including Boarding Pass, Activity Summary, Events, Zillow, Fandango, Concerts, and Nearby Events.  There could be a future update to offer some of these features, but for now iOS users will have to go without.

The Google Now App basically serves as a nexus for users’ Google Accounts, pulling the information into one easy-to-access point. Thus, users can receive pertinent information such as appointment dates via the Google Now app, but the app can only access that information from a Google calendar, not a local one. The App also supports iOS’ background feature, meaning that the app will be able to find users’ location faster instead of having to search for it.

The app is now available for upgrade/download for free on Apple’s App Store. 

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