Google Now app — the Google version of voice assistant Siri — has just been updated on iOS allowing it to show notifications to users regardless of wherever they are. The ability to see notifications from Google Now has been long-awaited feature for Google Now users on iOS. Today’s update brings that, making the iOS app on par with the Android version.
Google Now’s notification feature works like a more intelligent voice assistant. It reminds you of things that you should be doing at a given time. For example, if you have an appointment set up in your calendar, Google Now will show the notification as a reminder. It can also bring up information that it thinks is relevant to you. For example, if you have a flight and it is delayed, you won’t have to search for it or go to the airport to discover it yourself. Google Now will show a notification informing you of the delay.
When Google Now app is open, you can now just speak to the phone and perform various tasks — such as searching on the web, setting up reminders, etc — without having to touch the phone. Google says that you can set up complex reminders as well, such as a reminder for when a musician releases a new album. If you do set up something like that, when that musician’s new album comes out, and Google is aware of that, a notification or reminder will pop up letting you know that what you’ve been waiting for is here!
Now that’s something we can say very complex reminder and quite intelligent at the same time.
There are a few more features to the Google Now that you will discover as you play around with Now after you update the app, but there’s a bad news: Google is set to update the Android app of Google Now to include search option within apps; something that we may never see on Google Now for iOS. But that feature is expected to hit in the coming weeks and only on Android 4.4 KitKat.
So, with majority of Android users still running Android Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean, you might still be on par with Google Now’s Android app.
Are you an iOS user? Have you given Google Now a try? What are your thoughts about it?