Google today announced that it is going to be pushing out an update to its popular Google Search app for iOS. The update will add enhanced Voice Search functionality which will be very similar to Google Now in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean; however, the company insists that the experiences are different. Whereas Google Now focuses on displaying your information through Cards, the Voice Search feature in the existing Google Search app will instead rely on Google searches to bring that information to you.
Like Google Now in Jelly Bean, the new iteration of Voice Search on iOS will be aware of who you are, where you are, and what you like to search for. You can ask for the weather, like in Siri, and the app will bring you the weather. If you click on whatever result pops up, you’ll be taken to a Chrome-like browser that brings you to the search result on Google itself.
Overall, it seems very “Siri-like.” Unlike Siri, however, this is tied into your Google information: everything that Google knows about you will be applied to your searches, making the experience very personal. Again, it’s very much like Google Now – minus the cards.
The update will be rolled out in the “next couple of days,” according to Google.