If you have the Google Search app installed on your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch, you might want to check out the little update notification on your App Store icon.
See, Apple’s best mate has updated its Google Search app to include one of Jelly Bean’s key features, namely Google Now.
The update sees the app rebranded as Google on your iDevice (as opposed to Google Search), and encompasses the bog standard search stuff, Google Now, and Siri alternative Voice Search. Not too shabby.
As for Google Now, it appears to welcome most of the key functionality from the Android version, including real-time updates for weather, traffic, sports and news.
Google Now of course demands acceptance under iOS Location Services, but promises “minimal battery impact”.
Writing on the official Google blog, engineer Andrea Huey purrs: “Google Now for iPhone and iPad is available as part of the updated Google Search app. Together, Google Now and voice search will make your day run a little smoother.”
iOS 5 is a minimum requirement, and that goes for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. If you have an iPhone 5, you’ll find that the app is optimised for your 16:9 display. Lovely.
Grab it now, for free of course, from the App Store.