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Google Updates Search App With Voice For iOS

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Provides stiff competition for Apple's voice assistant Siri.

Google has updated its iOS app with its enhanced voice search, which, judging by its commendable quality, provides worthy competition for Apple's voice assistant Siri.

The service strikes several similarities with the functionality found in Google's search technology built into Android through Jelly Bean. The app provides spoken results for voice questions, while everything else is delivered through web searches.

Users are praising the quality the app delivers, with the answers being offered evidently quicker than Apple's Siri. Google's service also showcases voice transcriptions as queries are spoken by users, which is a component that Siri does not carry out until users are done talking.

The new feature was integrated through an update on Google's search application, which added support for the iPhone 5. iOS users are required to be on iOS 4.2 or above to utilize the feature.

Also available for Android, the latest version of the Google Search app uses the search engine giant's Knowledge Graph, consequently allowing the search app to deliver smarter answers "loud and clear."

 

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    joytech22 , October 31, 2012 10:53 PM
    I don't think the knowledge graph is available in my country.. It doesn't seem to bring up the same answers (instead, very simplified versions) as those that are shown in video's asking the same questions.

    I'm in Australia by the way.

    Oh well, still beats the crap out of my friends iPhones haha.
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    eternalkp , October 31, 2012 11:05 PM
    it's great but it doesn't do "set reminder" "send text to *** "
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    joytech22 , October 31, 2012 11:11 PM
    eternalkpit's great but it doesn't do "set reminder" "send text to *** "

    Yes it does. :\ I've used it several times for both.

    The reminder doesn't work for dates yet though I think. Just reminders for within the same day.
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    getochkn , October 31, 2012 11:22 PM
    Gotta love how Google worries about making an iOS app work instead of giving ICS the voice search abilities. It runs fine but ICS, but you have to install a modified version as Google feels only JB should get it. Stupid.
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    house70 , October 31, 2012 11:58 PM
    The best would be if it popped up a message saying "if you like this, imagine how good it is on an Android phone".
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    wildkitten , November 1, 2012 12:41 AM
    house70The best would be if it popped up a message saying "if you like this, imagine how good it is on an Android phone".

    If you have JB, which the vast majority of Android phones don't. Nearly a year after ICS released, my Android phone just got that. While we have been promised JB, it's likely Mango or Nutella or Orange Tang will be out by the time we do.
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    eklipz330 , November 1, 2012 1:23 AM
    eternalkpit's great but it doesn't do "set reminder" "send text to *** "

    yeah it does... i use it on my nexus all the time.
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    khha4113 , November 1, 2012 1:53 AM
    eklipz330yeah it does... i use it on my nexus all the time.

    Uh, this app for iOS not Android!
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    RabidFace , November 1, 2012 9:00 AM
    Wonder how long before Apple blocks this. God forbid someone does something superior to what Apple offers, then they call it inferior.
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