Those of you who read iDB regularly know how particular I am when it comes to my apps. I like a clean and tidy home screen. One application that seemed to always find a spot on my iPhone was Google Mobile. It was simple, it loaded quickly, and the voice search option was extremely accurate. It was my go-to app for quick lookups.

Today, Google Mobile was replaced by Google Search. The name is different, but the concept is not too far off from its predecessor. It has an accurate voice search function, and uses your location to return local results. Although very similar, there are some notable differences in the new search app…


The updated interface is the first thing you’ll notice. When you first launch the app, you are greeted with a nice tutorial. This will help you get better acquainted with the new UI. One of the things you’ll want to take note of are the new multitouch gestures, as they make navigating through search much faster.

One of my favorite enhancements was the support for fast switch. One of my only complaints with Google Mobile was that you had to start your search over if you switched from the app though multitasking. Google Search will let you switch in and out of the application, without ever losing your place.

Google Goggles is also integrated, which you may or may not find useful. For those that haven’t played with it, Google Goggles allows you to snap a picture of something and perform a web search based on your photo.

Overall, this was a nice revamp of the Google Mobile app. If you hadn’t tried using a Google app to do voice searches before, give this a whirl. The voice recognition is spot on, and it makes looking up phone numbers completely painless. You can even dial the number from right inside the app. Goodbye 411 calls!

What do you think of Google search? Do you use a different search application? Tell us below!

  • G

    Lol. Shows what Cunts some people are . Big up seb 

  • Micke

    … And now my post makes no sense.

  • Yeah sorry it makes no sense. I deleted the other guy’s comments. I can’t understand why someone would waste time leaving crap comments like that. Seriously, some people have way too much time on their hands… Anyways.

  • Micke

    That’s exactly what I’m talking about. You put a lot of time and effort into this blog, they have no place coming here and flaming on something not even remotely connected to that.

    I’m ashamed of (to? Excuse my english, I’m swedish) being a human sometimes. C:

    • It’s ok. I read somewhere you’re not successful until you have haters. I guess I’m more successful than I thought 😉

      At the end of the day, I don’t pay attention to these guys. However, I do pay attention to the cool dudes like you guys who are always supportive of what we do here at iDB.

      Thanks again for all the positivity!

  • Pirates Suck

    I don’t know why anyone would hate on Seb, Jeff, or any of the contributors to this blog. I have been enjoying this blog since my original iPhone.

    Keep up the good work Seb. Let the haters hate!

  • AppleBits

    I love this blog. I find a lot of useful help here! Maybe that’s why I have a bookmark on my springboard…and learned how to do that on HERE! 😉

  • dabe

    I love this blog too, to be a bit of a hater though, I’d really like to see more mention of 3GS. A lot of the times articles say certain firmwares are unlockable but its really only iPhone 4. Some of us po’ folk still use 3GS don’t forget about us lol. Thanks for all the great info and downloads, this is the only site you need for all things iPhone!!

    • Chris

      Don’t forget us 3G owners! Seriously though, the jailbreak (and I assume the unlock) page stays up-to-date with all the current iPhone models for any given firmware as far as I can tell. He can only really report on what is actually being done right now, so it might be more of a case of the dev team not working on the older models as much.

  • Xepptizz

    Ive only been here recently recently, but find this place to be reallyaccesable, commentwise and extremely helpfull. It’s the first blog i have encountered to fully take in account the cydia apps and now I can’t imagin workng without action menu anymore, as one of the great tips I got from here.

    That aside, all the talk about the deleted comments did make me curious. Care to give the synopsis?

  • Chris

    Haters are gonna hate. Keep up the good work. Many people including myself love the work you guys do.

  • Mo

    Now if only we can get google nav on here that would be perfect. But I know SJ would never let that happen becaues that would kill all the revenue from the paid nav apps which cost like 60 bucks each. Even though google nav is better than all of them.

    • Pam

      Yea, I love Google nav.

  • Pam

    I wasn’t sure about this Google change, but it isn’t bad. I like that it’s got all the little things combined. So I can go to google talk with just a tap of the Apps button.

    As for the haters, you’re right Seb, the more popular you(or your work) become, the more jerkoffs come out of the woodwork 🙂

  • Tr0jan69

    Call me blind if you will but I don’t see it in the app store yet.