Google Search for iOS app update brings notifications, reminders and hands-free voice search

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| November 5, 2013

Google Search for iOS app update

Heads up, iOS users, because Google is now rolling out a major update to its Google Search app that you'll probably want a piece of. The update bumps the Google Search app up to version 3.1.0 and brings with it many new features, including notifications, new cards and reminders. Google has also included the ability to say "OK Google" to initiate a search while in the app. The full changelog for the 3.1 update is as follows:

Google Now gets even better with:

  • Notifications - Get notified when it’s time to go
  • Reminders - Never forget to put out the trash
  • New cards - See tickets, boarding passes, & more
  • Handsfree voice - Just say “OK Google” to search*

* requires iPhone 4s or later

Notifications deliver info before you open the app:

  • When to leave for your next appointment or event
  • If your flight is running late
  • How to catch the last train home

Ask Google to remember things for you. Just say

  • “Remind me to buy coffee beans at Starbucks,” or
  • “Remind me to check out the fair this weekend”

and Google will remind you at the right time or place.

You can also ask to be reminded when your favorite:

  • Musicians release a new album
  • TV show has a new episode
  • Actors star in a new movie
  • Celebrities and politicians make headlines

Just search and press the “remind me” button.

New cards organize the info you care about:

  • Tickets for movies, concerts and events
  • Boarding passes for your flights
  • Reservation confirmations for car rentals
  • Warnings when your last train home leaves
  • Lists of upcoming local events

And finally, search is better than ever with:

  • A redesigned and simplified homepage
  • Gestures to zoom or throw away images
  • One touch sign in if you use other Google apps
  • Improved voiceover accessibility

As you can tell by the presence of all of those bullet points, this is a pretty feature-packed update that brings the iOS version of Google Now much closer to parity with the Android version. It may have taken some for features like notifications and reminders to make their way from Android to iOS, but it's good to see Google working to improve the iOS version of Google Now. With this latest update, Google Now and the Google Search app are much more useful for anyone rocking an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

A brief video explanation of the new features inside this Google Search update is available below, and you can snag the app itself from the App Store right here.

Via Google Inside Search blog, App Store