Report: Yahoo and Microsoft fighting to supplant Google search on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2014

According to a report Tuesday by The Information, a technology website started by The Wall Street Journal writer Jessica Lessin, both Microsoft and Google are “fighting” to boot Google search from the iPhone and other Apple devices.

If true, the move wouldn’t be unheard of: Apple teams up with alternate search providers in markets like China.

Apple earns a small commission from search ad revenue each time a user performs a Google search from Safari’s address bar on the Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

With that deal expiring sometime in 2015, Microsoft and Yahoo are now hoping the Cupertino firm won’t renew it and will instead make their respective service the default search choice on iOS. Read More


Google’s Search for iOS app gains Google Now traffic info and TV recommendations, more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2014

The Internet giant Google on Friday refreshed its native Google Search application for the iPhone and iPad with enhancements to the built-in Google Now feature in the form of new cards for personalized TV recommendations and traffic information.

Furthermore, version 4.2 of Google Search for iOS now includes better Chromecast integration allowing owners of the $35 HDMI dongle to ask Google “what’s on Chromecast?” to open the Chromecast for iPhone app and start casting. Read More


Google starts clearly labeling Flash content in search results

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Users of Apple’s iPad, back when the device debuted in 2010, were used to seeing holes on websites in place of Adobe Flash content.

But not for long as those holes were getting plugged real fast – even more so after Steve Jobs penned his famous critique of Adobe’s proprietary runtime, titled ‘Thoughts on Flash’.

Though most web videos no longer require Flash, some websites and web applications continue to rely on Adobe’s technology for interactivity, animations and what not. From now on, it’s easier to identify Flash items in search results because Google Search now flags Flash content, saving you clicks… Read More


Google Search iOS app receives 2014 FIFA World Cup Google Now cards

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 11, 2014

With about 24 hours left until the 2014 World Cup Brazil opening game between Brazil and Croatia, developers are feverishly updating their apps with soccer-related content.

The Internet giant Google has just issued a World Cup-themed update to its standalone Search iOS app, adding useful Google Now cards for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The cards show up-to-date information like match statistics, group standings and scorers and are available by swiping up to choose your favorite team to follow… Read More


Google Search 4.0 is out with several Google Now improvements

By Cody Lee on May 13, 2014

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?’ Read More


Vote for your favorite American Idol contestants right from Google Search

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2014

Google has struck an interesting partnership with FOX allowing fans of American Idol, the popular reality-singing competition series, to vote for their favorite performers right through the search engine and inside the official Search app for iOS and Android. On-air voting is as easy as searching for ‘american idol’ or ‘idol’ during the voting window and selecting from your fav finalists.

You can cast up to 50 votes for each contestant and vote for as many contestants as you want, Google explained yesterdayRead More


Google Search app updated with new Winter Olympics Google Now card

By Cody Lee on Jan 29, 2014

Google has posted a new update for its Search app this morning. The update brings the app to version 3.2.1, and includes a handful of improvements and a new Winter Olympics 2014 Google Now card.

The new card is really the biggest addition in this update, as it brings about support for the 2014 Sochi Games. Users will now be able to use Google Now to get info on medal standings and upcoming events… Read More


Google updates Search iOS app with support for French, German and Japanese

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2013

Google issued a major mid-August update to its free Search app for the iPhone and iPad with new Google Now cards for flights, reservations, package delivery information and more.

And last month, the firm followed up with another sweet update that implemented ‘OK Google’ hands-free voice control functionality, support for single sign-on, reminders, alerts for delayed flights and upcoming appointments/events and other perks.

This afternoon, the Internet giant pushed a minor update which expands international support to three new languages: French, German and Japanese… Read More


Google searches, now with flights, reservations, package delivery info and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2013

Regardless of the devices you happen to favor, chances are high you’re using Google Search, the default search engine on iOS gadgets and Mac notebooks and desktops.

It’s been awhile since we covered Google Search improvements here on iDB and I didn’t want to pass on the opportunity to fill you in on today’s pretty important round of enhancements to the good ol’ Google Search.

Folks using Google Now on iOS on Android have been loving the way the feature automatically serves relevant information pertaining to their flights, reservations, appointments and more. Now all of that is available in standard Google Search on desktop and mobile devices, right in your browser… Read More


How to make Google Now the first thing to appear in the Google Search app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 2, 2013

It was inevitable. Since the infusion of Google Now into the official Google Search app, jailbreak developers have begun releasing Cydia packages to tweak how the app works.

StartToNow is one of the first such tweaks. It forces Google Now to be the first thing to appear when you launch the official Google Search app. More inside… Read More


Google talks Search iOS app design

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2013

When it comes to UI design, Google up until recently used to make what you’d call Spartan programs, more often than not resembling old-school software your parents might use. What a difference a leadership change makes: after co-founder Larry Page took over from Eric Schmidt as Google’s CEO in April 2011, we started noticing radical changes to how the Internet giant approaches app design.

I think it is safe to say that some of Google’s contemporary iOS apps are starting to look arguably better than Apple’s. But what’s so special about Google’s newly found design language? To answer that question, Google recently uploaded an interesting video to its Life at Google channel on YouTube. The entire clip is dedicated to highlighting how the new app design philosophy lends itself to the nimble, streamlined and interactive search experience on the Apple tablet… Read More