iOS gets a new Google Search app, and it holds its own against Android

Google today announced an updated Search app for iOS devices. That in and of itself is should be cause for celebration, but it's the the new voice search that has us particularly excited. (Especially since Siri hasn't quite lived up to expectations.)

So how's Google Search stack up? Set side by side with its Android counterpart, quite well. We gave it a gander from an Android Central point of view and came away pretty impressed. Lacking on iOS is the deep integration with the operating system, but that's to be expected. Have a look at the video after the break and see for yourself.

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iOS gets a new Google Search app, and it holds its own against Android


Why exactly has Siri not lived up to expectations? It has its flaws, but so does the Google Search app without systemwide integration. Siri makes a great handsfree companion.

My google iOS app actually spoke results to me and even commented on the wood chuck joke. Do you think he had his volume muted? I even asked it the weather and it told me... I actually like this app now!

+1. I just asked for tomorrow's weather forecast and the app spoke it loud. And the text does sound much more human/smoother than Siri. An unexpected (and awesome) surprise!

I believe you have to have the settings for English for starters. Other than that, I'm not sure. It doesn't speak back EVERYTHING. Some questions that got it to speak back for me: "what's the weather like tomorrow?" "What time is it in Japan?" "who do the Bears play next ?" "Who's the president of the Phillipines?"

Got your answer. Go the settings of the app (the little "i" in the lower left hand corner) and make sure that "speak answers back" is set to "on."

Another plus: this app gives you directions/integrates with Google Maps (web version) and not iOS maps.

Holy crap. Okay, this is actually really cool.. there's a new deputy in town, Siri. haha.

It's really good that Siri doesn't work for (checking flight statuses for example) .. I'm definitely keeping it. It'll come in helpful somewhere.

Impressive -- significantly faster than Siri, while being equal or better in terms of accuracy (at least in my limited testing). Most surprisingly, Google's offering is much, *much* more personable than Apple's. It suffers from not being able to access the rest of the system, though -- if it could be allowed deeper access into the system, I would definitely use it.

Praise the lord i have been waiting for this update to the google search app for such a long time. If your still on ios5 this app is ridiculously useful because it can tie into your maps app etc and deliver. Been waiting for a while ever since i saw this and am elated that apple didnt restrict it

Do you think ios will ever get a google search widget like the weather or stock widget? That would be sweet.

Downloaded this and have been playing around with it for the last day or so. Obvious issue is non-integration with iOS, but the speed is nice. Also nice to take you right to google results page. And while I think it can do a few things Siri cannot at this point, there are things Siri can do that this app will never be able to do without iOS integration, like setting appointments, reminders, etc. I will continue to play around with both, but I think I will remain partial to Siri for sheer sassiness (and she calls me by my nickname (I have no life).