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Very interesting. Google Now is the one app that I was most interested on Android phones. Glad to see it coming to iOS.
Google Now, an Android-only app that aims to provide users with , is coming to iOS, if a...
Love Android. Use a ton of Google's products. I can count the number of times I've used Now on one hand. It's the answer to a question nobody asked. Stop screwing around and make me a car that drives me to work.
This post was edited by hexydes 13 months ago
Screw that, make me a car that drives me home from the bar.
Will this give us answers on why all of Bobby Sak's posts were deleted?
Screw that, make me a car that flies me to work.
It is interesting that a lot of the main Google features are now on iOS. Also predictable (no pun intended Google Now) I guess due to how much more Google makes on iOS than Google makes on Android. Many have said that Google's iOS apps are better designed than their own apps on Android.
This post was edited by Trevor Barnes 13 months ago
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
What I want is a proper native Google Talk app. The various IM programs just don't work as seamlessly as the native version.
Will Google Now tell us what 24/7 is working on now?
Well, nice knowing you guys.
Your a retard.
I still can't figure out why I see it referred to as Google Talk but I also see it referred to as Google Chat.
If you search for the latest Android vs. iPhone fanboy war thread ("iPhone blogger trades for GS3" or whatever it was: of which, I posted heavily in), you will see that Google derives something like 97% of their profit from advertising alone. Creating a Google Now app (which I actually think it will be through the Google Search app) just adds more devices using Google to their already dominating 53% market share (other reports are showing 75% of world market share). In second place is iOS with around 36% of the market share. What better way to make more from advertising than the potential of having Google on almost 90% of smartphone devices worldwide?
As far as the "Google's iOS apps are better than an on Android" comment, I still don't see how people can think that is true. The Google Maps on iOS is 95% the same, except for missing some key features of the Android version (terrain, bike transit, wikipedia integration, offline maps, etc.). Searching online, I still haven't come across a review saying the iOS version is superior to the Android version (articles from Wired.com, cnn.com, usatoday.com, etc.).
We know the answer to that already
Really smart and useful app. Use it to check my commute home and it even gives my flight info (delays, arrived at gate, etc.) based on my confirmation gmail message from the airline.
Same here. Use it quite a bit for traffic and package tracking.
That's quite an outdated statistic, and with how rapidly the Play Store is catching up with Apple, and Apple stupidly cutting out Maps, I'd be surprised if that was the case anymore. Bottom line, Google is making money hand over fist, and has a platform in place that pretty much ensures that will be the case until something extremely disruptive comes along.
I'm sure I'll take a beating for this but what is Google Now?
Based on what I have seen from Google Now, Windows Phone live tiles provide the same functionality
The video linked in the OP looks pretty cool. Basically a "one stop app" for common things that a user might want access to: local weather, maps with traffic info from your GPS location to home or work, boarding passes, appointments, and whatever else you might want it to track.
I hadn't utitlized apps as much as I should have, and this seems like a good place to start.
Is there any cost for the app?
Here's a few examples from an Android site. You can read the comments about how pissed off users stuck on older versions of Android were when iOS got Jelly Bean's lightning fast voice search but older versions of Android didn't. Think about that, users on 3-4 year old iPhones were getting a Google feature that users on 1-2 year old Android phones weren't getting.
Not surprising. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple creates something similar to be honest.
Every morning, Google Now tells me how many minutes it'll take me to get to work, and what bus line I should take. I already know this info, I go to my office every weekday and either take a bus, ride my bike or drive, depending on the weather and what kind of meetings I have that day. Google can't seem to predict my mode of transit, and has to be "set" to either driving or public transit.
It would be better if it integrated CTA's bus tracker info and told me how long until the next bus (rather than giving info based on a published bus schedule, which is horribly inaccurate). It would also be better if it searched my calender and looked at where my meetings were for that day, looked at the weather forecast, and told me if I should drive to work, take the bus or ride my bike.
Other than commuting info, it doesn't seem to offer much beyond the weather forecast, which I already get from a widget. It sure seems to chew through my battery though...
This post was edited by Phil McCrackin 13 months ago
Free/built into the current Android OS.
It's going to be rolled into the Google Search app, which is free. The Google Now functionality isn't in it yet though. Sounds like it's coming soon though. Download it anyway and try out the voice search, you'll be surprised at how fast it is.
(first app on the list)
I agree. The fact that you have to open an app to get any sort of information (short of notifications) is one of my iPhone gripes in comparison to Android or Windows Phone 8.
I have a Nexus so I'm getting the latest updates on everything, and I had Jelly Bean on my SIII as well - so I didn't realize you were comparing iOS to older Android OS versions. I don't see how it is all that different from 2 year old iPhones not being able to get last year's iOS benefits such as Siri (4S and 5 only), Apple Navigation (4S and 5 only), Panoramic photo (4S and 5 only), etc. The problem isn't really with Google, either. Google releases the SDK to anyone who wants it, it is up to the manufacturers to then review it and provide updates for their phone models. Don't want to wait for updates? Get a Nexus device, root your phone, or at a minimum - buy a flagship device. Same thing with Apple, you want Siri / Navigation / Panoramic? Better buy at least the 4S, as the 4 won't have these things.
Of the links you listed, it seems all 3 simply say that the iOS version looks better, while the Android version has more functionality. Quote from one of your links:
"Google’s Gmail and Maps Android apps tend to focus on utility over appearance while the iOS apps tend to hide functionality, thereby presenting a cleaner user interface. While Google Maps for iOS looks and feels inspired by the Android app, the cleaner interface is far more inviting to use. While the iOS app emphasizes search and location, the Android app emphasizes utility in general."
As previously mentioned for the Google Maps iOS app - multiple functions have been omitted. So the iOS looks nicer, but has been neutered compared to the Android version.
In any case, do Apple users consider it a positive or a negative that the Google apps are better than the iOS apps?
Why wouldn't I include older versions of Android when a vast majority of users (about 85%) are on older versions of Android? Hell, the highest percentage of Android users (43.9%) are two versions behind on Gingerbread. It came out three years ago.
By comparison, over 83% of iOS users are on iOS 6.0 or higher, and about 95% use iOS 4.3 or higher, which is what the Google Search iOS app requires.
That means that 15% or so of Android users get Jelly Bean's really cool, lightning-quick voice search, but over 95% of iOS users can use it today if they'd like to.
Like I already mentioned, buy a Nexus or other flagship phone, or root it to get 4.1. It is definitely an advantage for Apple in that they are the OS provider and they make their own phones, as a phone getting the latest Android update needs to move through 2 "approvals" before it is released: Manufacturer (HTC, Samsung, Sony, etc.) and after that, the carrier (ATT, Verizon, etc).
4.1 was only debuted this past summer, so it hasn't even been out for a year yet. As mentioned, all flagship phones are at 4.1. Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, Note, Note 2, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G. HTC One, DNA, One X, One S, One X+, One XL, Droid Incredible, EVO 4G, One Sv, One Vx. Motorola RAZR, RAZR MAXX, Droid Bionic, Droid 4, Atrix HD, RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, RAZR M. I'm not going to search and list all of these, but again... the list above covers a large portion of the "good" phones released last year. Most phones that aren't getting upgraded to 4.1 are going to be phones that have already been out for 2 years, thus you could upgrade to a newer model with the specs to handle newer OS.
83% of iOS users are on iOS 6.0 or higher, but it is still neutered for how many of them? Who cares if the "version number" on your iPhone 4 says "6.1.2" if it can't actually perform the main features of the upgrade. The iPhone 4 was released June 24th of 2011, so it still isn't even 2 years old yet. It will never be able to use Siri, Panoramic photo, or Apple Navigation. But hey, at least it is on iOS 6.1.2...
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