After spending nearly a whole month making its way through Apple’s rigorous App Store approval process, Google’s real-time information discovery search engine – ‘Now’ – is (finally) available to download from the iTunes App Store.
Arriving as an update to Google’s existing ‘Google Search’ app, the company notes that the latest update to the search client now allows users to “get the right information at just the right time,” providing both handsfree operation and “enhanced” voice search.
Get just the right information at just the right time with Google Now:
- Weather and traffic conditions before you start your day
- Updates on your favorite sports teams and breaking news stories as they happen
Enhanced Voice Search for everything else
- Simply say what you want and get results without typing.
- Enhanced voice recognition with text streamed on the fly.
- Get answers spoken directly back to you with results tailored to your questions.
Originally released on July 9, 2012, Google Now is an intelligent personal assistant available for Google’s Android operating system. An extension of Android OS’s native ‘Google Search’ application, Google Now uses a ‘natural language user interface’ to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services.