Future update to Google Search for iOS to include cross platform notifications

15 years on from the birth of Google Search, the folks from Mountain View have detailed a pretty interesting sounding update to the Google Search app for iOS heading our way soon. While iOS users get access to the pretty impressive Google Now service, it's nowhere near the experience our Android friends enjoy, but Google it seems has a treat in store for us on that front:

In the next couple of weeks, you’ll be able to download a new version of the Google Search app on iPhone and iPad. With this update, you can get notifications across your devices. So if you tell your Nexus 7, “OK Google. Remind me to buy olive oil at Safeway,” when you walk into the store with your iPhone, you’ll get a reminder. We’ll also show you Google Now notifications so you’re not late to your cooking class.

Cross platform for Google continues to be Android and iOS, but the continued effort put into Google's iOS apps is admirable. The experience is generally on par with the Android equivalents, perfect for the iPhone owners out there – myself included – that rely heavily on Google's apps and services on a daily basis.

There will be at least as many that won't use this as those that will. I'm in the will camp, how about you? We'll keep our eyes peeled for the update in the coming weeks.

Source: Google Search Blog

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Future update to Google Search for iOS to include cross platform notifications


No, it will give iPhone users an experience that is more closely aligned with our Android counterparts. In my opinion, this update will make a WORLD of difference!

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So this would only benefit those who use Android and IOS devices, is this right, or am I missing something?

They still need to get the calendar problem sorted or else it's pretty pointless for iOS

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I thought that this was a problem, too, and have kept a link to my G Cal on my home page on both my devices. But then I finally Googled it, and found the answer that integrates my Google Calendar to my iPad Mini and iPhone 5. Check this link here: https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/151674?hl=en

THE KEY IS TO LOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE on how to sync multiple calendars.

Where I work, we use a shared calendar for our work schedule. This tip got it to all show up on my iOS calendar. Now no more entering the darn Google password every other time I want to look at my work schedule!

I tried Google Now on iOS when it was released, and its constant GPS checking drained my iPhone 4S battery in about 3 hours. :/

Something is wrong with your setup. While the location icon is on Google already said it is not constantly checking. I have used it since it came out, and currently use it in iOS 7 and my battery is doing quite fine.