Google Search 4.0 is out with several Google Now improvements

By , May 13, 2014

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Google today released an update for its popular Google Search app. The update brings the iOS client to version 4.0, and includes a number of improvements to the Google Now feature such as support for smarter conversations and faster load times.

With smarter conversations, users can now ask follow-up questions to their originally search queries. So for example, if you ask Google Now what the weather is like, you can follow that up with: ‘what about tomorrow?’ or ‘how about this weekend?’

Here’s your full change log:

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

If you’re interested, you can find the latest version of Google Search in the App Store for free.

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  • Jairo Duque

    Google Now seems to be cool, but here in Colombia the service doesn’t exist.

    • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      aca en Panama no sirve tampoco

  • Maxim∑

    I don’t like google now, but the cards part of it is pretty nice

  • JulianZH

    Hardly use google search except for the Cantonese voice search.

  • Eikast

    Google now has improved a lot since it’s initial release, even on Android. I love Siri, but Apple has neglected her lately. Google now on my HTC One can do everything that Siri does and more.

    • RarestName

      Why is everyone calling Google Search Google Now?

      • Dan

        confusion with the android service. On android (Google Now) pops up information when the situation warrants it.

        Ie: when I had an android phone, when it was time for work, it would tell me the fastest route. Or on weekends, it would suggest movie times, around noon, restaurants…

      • Eikast

        Google now is a service that’s built into the iOS Google Search app. Google now is not Google search, it’s called Google now. On Android it can be accessed within the system whereas iOS is limited to the Google Search App.

        On Android I can use Google now to call people (includes nicknames), text, search, set alarms etc. When Google now was launched on Android it was limited to non system function. It may not have system access on all android devices but it does on my HTC One M8 and I’m sure in all flagship android devices.

        On my HTC One M8 I swiped up on the on screen home button and Google now is launched.

  • David Gitman

    wow awesome

  • Max

    Where’s the live camera search feature? It was one of the apps top features when it came out, then it stayed hidden on top of the keyboard and after this update I can’t find it anywhere. Did they remove it?

    • Rodney Dean

      I TOTALLY agree. It was the main feature I used on the app. Identifying a painting or building was so quick and easy. Now I can’t find the camera icon anywhere. I really do hate updates that remove features. If only you could roll back apps. I just hope it is a glitch that will be rectified.

  • Manjot Singh

    if its 4.0 it most likely has more “new” features so maybe they arent telling us something that they are going to release slowly to everyone

  • Sachin

    I don’t like that siri doesn’t understand my english (indian) whereas google now understand it properly.

  • Dan

    imo Googe Search/Google Now trumps Siri. The voice recognition is better (in my case) and the search results are more accurate. Now that I have an iPhone I barely use it, but I wish I could replace Siri with it.