Once an Android exclusive, Google Now is available for iPhone and iPad as part of an update to the Google Search app. We go hands-on with the predictive search assistant.
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Google Now makes its way to iOS [VIDEO]

As part of an update to the Google Search app today, Google Now has been introduced to the iOS ecosystem. In my intro to iSource I mentioned the feature as one of the main things I will miss about Android. Turns out I spoke too soon. I couldn’t have picked a better time to make the switch between operating systems.

Google Now for iOS

For the uninitiated, Google Now is the predictive search assistant that uses your Google history and habits to provide a set of virtual “cards” updated in real-time to offer information you didn’t even know you needed.

This includes everything from the weather to travel times to and from frequently visited places. Other cards provide game scores for your favorite professional teams, shipment tracking, and suggestions for nearby restaurants and tourist attractions.

For Android, Google Now is integrated directly into the operating system. For iOS, things don’t go as deep but the app still interfaces with other Google services installed on your iPhone or iPad such as Maps. At first the whole thing might seem a bit useless, but give it some time to learn and pretty soon you won’t know how you lived without it. Still needed: support for Notification Center.

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