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:
* requires iPhone 4s or later
Notifications deliver info before you open the app:
Ask Google to remember things for you. Just say
and Google will remind you at the right time or place.
You can also ask to be reminded when your favorite:
Just search and press the “remind me” button.
New cards organize the info you care about:
And finally, search is better than ever with:
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.