Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG): iOS Search App All Set to Take on Siri

iOS powered devices will be able to experience a revolutionary search experience like in on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The upgraded Search app for iOS from Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG), which uses the company’s dynamic voice-recognition software and location-based awareness, can be found in the App Store.

The functionality is excellent across both Wi-Fi and cellular data. The software is able to detect speech swiftly and accurately. It will show you results on the screen relevant to your query with super-fast speed. It is touted to be even faster than Siri for the same query, although testing has been limited. Siri does score when it comes to the degree of access to phone-level services, but the app is better for direct searches.

Google Now-style functionality has been included as well. Enquires about the weather brings up a card-style interface like on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its “voice” is more human when compared to Siri. It can verbally provide information about scores, flight details, stock quotes, language translations – the list is endless.

Google Maps and YouTube are thoroughly synchronized with the app too. Videos can be viewed on YouTube right in the app while asking for directions provides correct information and a tap on the screen outlining the route in Google Maps. Adjustments have been made for iPhone 5’s bigger display and iPad, which mean Siri will face stiff competition.

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