Google Now for iPhone and iPad outed in leaked, then pulled, YouTube video

March 12, 2013

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    What looks to be like a genuine video, pulled after being initially revealed on YouTube, shows us Google Now for iPhone and iPad, an app that could soon be available in the App Store but one Google is yet to make official.

    As Android users already know, Google Now is an advanced search feature available on Jelly Bean handsets that sort of acts like a personal assistant. In order for it to work, you have to share various things to Google, which may sound kind of scary to some people. That way, the app can provide personal search results based on your everyday actions, interests, searches, emails, and so on.

    Google Now is reportedly going to be available to Chrome users in the future, and it makes plenty of sense to see Google develop Google Now apps for other mobile operating systems, iOS included. After all, Google already has a variety of iOS apps available in the App Store, so Google Now for iPhone and iPad could be the next app it releases.

    However, Google is yet to unveil the product, and the video above, which was saved by a viewer and then made available by Engadget, is not yet confirmed. Even if it looks like it’s the real deal, compared to previous Google Now YouTube videos, we’ll have to wait for Google to announce the product to make sure it’s actually real.

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    • bill

      I honestly think this feature should only be special to Android.

    • DaGr8Pnoy

      why is google even bothering to make apps for apple like google maps and google now? if they don’t do this, there will probably be more android customers and less iphone users. lets face it apple cannot survive without google especially since apple maps was a huge fail, but google is doing well without apple. is google even making money off of these free apps anyway? unless that is the case then this is the only reason i would dislike google. otherwise, google i love your products and marketing strategy because they were convincing enough for me to switch from an apple user to an android user and man am i glad.

      • carlisimo

        Google makes a lot of money off of iOS users and wants to keep it that way. It takes a lot to get someone to switch ecosystems (even during the Maps debacle)… but far less to get an iPhone user to use Google services. It isn’t even certain that Google makes more money off Android users yet.

        It’s Android manufacturers who have a reason to oppose this, and they’re probably going to put pressure on Google. That gives Google some pull over them. It’s win-win for Google.

    • IncCo

      I realize that google wants more eyes on their services and therefore more revenue from ads. BUT i also think that there should be a line somewhere, some features should stay EXCLUSIVE for android and android only !

      • Jusephe

        No way to do that iOS is just too big to ignore it as ad machine, google is gaining a few folds more money from iOS, so every service from android will be on iOS. I even hear that ingress is going to launch on App Store.

        Don’t like google to do this, they are harming their own platform.

      • Greg

        Google makes more money on iOS than on it’s own platform. Adblock and app piracy is bad for Android. When will people realise this!!

    • Marsg

      Not cool, they have Siri and now Google now. I’m not liking this,

    • http://www.facebook.com/TomLetterio Thomas John Letterio

      Why in the world would they release an IOS app before making it available to all Android users. I say focus their attention on making it available to ICS devices before releasing to to the app store.

      • aholsteinson

        If they make Google Now available for “all Android users” then people as well as OEMs would have less incentive to update to Jelly Bean or Key Lime Pie when it is released.

        • Fifth313ment

          The same can be said about getting users to switch to Android. Why leave iOS when I can get everything I can on Android plus iOS exclusives!

          • $

            Money

          • aholsteinson

            Frankly I don’t think it troubles Google much if you are on Android or iOS as long as you are using their services.

        • good point
    • martin

      I think this is strategic. During siri’s first release, its rather entertaining features could attract people. However, in long term the functionality of the search engine is the key to success. Google is maintaining and even expanding its search engine market shares by having ios users using google now instead of siri. Since google now is attached to many google service like google map,gmail, google calendar and anything that is attached. It reduces needs of the ios features for ios iphone and ipad users. Android marketshare increases gg.

      • Yes, and…

        Yeah, and if iOS users find themselves continuing to use all google services on their iWhatever, eventually, they will realize it’s only (or at least mostly) about the hardware. They might even at some point ask themselves, “is it really worth the extra cost just for the hardware with the apple logo?”

        While android users might feel slighted today, this actually is the approach google is taking to convert iOS users to android. It might be the only way to lure away some true fankids.

      • Yes, and…

        Yeah, and if iOS users find themselves continuing to use all google services on their iWhatever, eventually, they will realize it’s only (or at least mostly) about the hardware. They might even at some point ask themselves, “is it really worth the extra cost just for the hardware with the apple logo?”

        While android users might feel slighted today, this actually is the approach google is taking to convert iOS users to android. It might be the only way to lure away some true fankids.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696761688 Justin Rebar

      They must feel bad for them or something, I do not and will never know that feel.

    • aholsteinson

      Interesting, seems legit and it would make sense for Google to release Now for iOS.

    • aholsteinson

      Interesting, seems legit and it would make sense for Google to release Now for iOS.

    • Fifth313ment

      Many of you are saying it makes sense for them to release Google Now on iOS but what about Android pre Jelly Bean?! How about them? I have Jelly Bean but come on Google WTFU!

    • hig

      no, google, nooo. Pleasae make google now exclusive to android.

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