The 2014 FIFA World Cup fever is at an all time high and we’re looking for ways to keep tabs on our favorite team as they make their way to the top of the charts, and if you’re a user of Google Now on iOS and Android, then tracking your favorite team just got a lot easier. A lot easier in fact.
In the run-up to Windows Phone 8.1's announcement at the start of April, we heard that Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now, would take elements of both pre-existing voice assistants and combine them into the best all-round voice feature in the mobile industry. Since the BUILD dev conference, we've heard a great deal about how wonderful Cortana supposedly is, although until we've seen it up against its two major adversaries, there's no telling just how it holds up. With the release of the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 today, though, we finally get to see first-hand if Cortana can compete with its more established peers, and the Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now video embedded below reveals all!
Apple’s massive redesign of the look and feel for iOS with the 7th iteration of the operating system inspired a lot of users to adopt Apple’s design schema, akin to what we saw with Android’s Holo user interface. While it makes sense for app developers to do that in order to provide a consistent experience to users, competitors are usually slow on the uptake. Still, Google has finally decided to update its Search app for the iPhone and iPad, giving a synchronous look with iOS 7 design elements and making the experience full-screen natively. Let’s take a look at what the redesigned app has to offer.
Google is constantly updating, improving and expanding upon its range of apps, and today, the official Google Search app for iOS has been given a rather generous update. Naturally, since the Mountain View-based company tends to prioritize its own Android mobile OS, nearly all of the enhancements can already be found on the corresponding version over at the Play Store, but nevertheless, Google Search v. 3.1.0 for iOS is one of the most significant we've seen in quite a long time. We'll run through all of the key improvements, as well as provide the all-important download link, right after the fold.
The overall design of iOS 7, as has been noted considerably during the last couple of days, bears a striking resemblance to Microsoft's Windows Phone, but the aesthetics of several integral apps may not be the only elements that the Cupertino company has borrowed from rivals. The Today tab found within the brand new Notification Center is very à la Google Now, and it would seem as though Apple really took the sneers of iOS's lack of functionality to heart.
Google's I/O developer conference last week didn't quite hit the dizzy heights of 2012 when the Mountain View-based company announced Glass, but there remained plenty of food for thought this year after the search giant revealed a string of exciting new products and features. Among them came the introduction of some new Google Now-style Voice Search feature, and today, the improved functionality has been molded into Chrome 27. More details after the leap!
Want to use Google Now but don't live in an area that Google deemed worthy of having it enabled? Read on for an easy, non-jailbreak way of forcing Google Now to work in any country.
It's one of the reasons that Google's Android is often preferred over Apple's iOS, but Google Now is no longer an Android-only affair, with the personal assistant now available for the competition's iPhone and iPad devices.
Google's Eric Schmidt appears to have pointed the finger at Apple over the lack of a Google Now app on the Cupertino firm's iOS devices during a recent Q&A session. More details right after the jump.