Google has updated its iOS search app to version 4.0, which introduces a variety of new and useful changes. The app now recognizes new voice search cues and conversational input similar to the way Siri works. For example, Google says you can ask the app “What’s the weather like?” and follow up with “How about this weekend?” to get results relevant to the weekend rather than the current day.
The app will now also alert you when you new articles on certain topics appear. The feature is powered by Google Now, which learns your favorite authors, blogs, and more to provide you with customized alerts.
Finally, a few other changes to the app include faster loading, cricket sports data for Google Now, and an updated images search page.
Google Search is available for free on the App Store. The full change log is below:
What’s New in Version 4.0.0
With today’s update, you can ask questions with your voice & get updates on topics you care about.
Have a smarter conversation with Google: • Tap the microphone or say “Ok Google” to start • Ask questions such as “What’s the weather like?” • Then follow up with “How about this weekend?”
At Google, we know the web well. With Google Now, we’ll tell you when there’s an interesting article for: • Your favorite topics • Your upcoming trips • Your favorite authors and blogs
Smaller updates include: • Cricket sports cards in Google Now • Faster loading of Google Search and Google Now • More beautiful and fluid image results