You can now start Chrome in Voice Search or Incognito mode from Spotlight Search

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

Google added Spotlight Search integration to Chrome for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch back in January 2016, allowing you to search for your Google bookmarks using iOS’s Spotlight feature. Today, the Internet giant issued a small update to Chrome for iOS, bumping version number to 55.0.2883.79 and adding a pair of enhancements.

The first lets you start Chrome in Voice Search mode or open a new Incognito tab right from Spotligh.

As for the other change, Google has now removed the folder named All Bookmarks from your bookmarks view in Chrome “by popular request”. Read More


Google app gains Forward button (seriously!), more reliable voice search & other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

In addition to adding support for Accelerated Mobile Pages to Chrome for iOS, Google also this morning issued a refresh to its native search app on the App Store, which supports Google Now cards. Google 17.0 for iOS, a free download, packs in improvements to help you get things done more quickly in the app such as the addition of a Forward button (what took them so long, really?), a more reliable voice search, the ability to revisit recent pages for a full seven days and a few local search results improvements. Read More


Google’s search app gains 3D Touch support, Split View multitasking on iPad & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2015

The search monster Google on Friday issued an update to its mobile search application in the App Store, adding support for 3D Touch gestures on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and iOS 9’s new multitasking modes on select iPads, while improving search results for places and local businesses.

With 3D Touch, hard-pressing on the Google app’s icon on the Home screen brings up quick shortcuts for Search, Voice Search and Image Search features. Read More


Check out Google Now integration on your Mac in latest Chrome Canary release

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2014

CNET reported last summer that Google Now cards were heading to Google’s Chrome browser for the Mac. Six months later, Google releases a brand new Google Canary build with Google Now cards functionality nested right inside the browser’s notification center which sits in your Mac’s status bar.

Although not all Google Now cards are available in this alpha release of Chrome, the search company has integrated a few of the most popular ones like sports scores, real-time weather updates, and travel information… Read More


Hands-free ‘OK Google’ search comes to your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2013

Yours truly is a huge fan of Google Now so it goes without saying I’ve long been yearning for that kind of hands-free voice searching on my Mac desktops and notebooks. Available via Google’s free Search app for the iPhone and iPad since November 5, the cool feature dutifully listens to the ‘OK Google’ keyword which initiates a voice search. It’s severely crippled, too, as ‘OK Google’ only works if the Search app is running, as opposed to the always-on implementation on the Nexus 5 and Moto X.

Blame it on Apple’s strict policy that prohibits third-parties from listening to the microphone input in the background. Well, there are no such restrictions on Macs (yet) and Google has taken advantage of the fact and released a nice little extension for its browser allowing you to talk to Google (when you’re using Chrome) hands-free, no typing required… Read More


Chrome 27 for iOS is out with conversational voice search, faster reloading

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2013

Boy, today must be the day to update your iOS apps. Hot on the heels of major updates for both WordPress and Google Drive comes a new version of Chrome. The update, which brings the app to version 27, includes conversational voice search and other improvements.

We knew Google was planning on bringing its Siri-like conversational voice search feature to iOS—it said so shortly after it added the option to its desktop browser. Now you can perform voice searches in the mobile browser, and get both visual and audible results… Read More


Voice Search coming to Chrome for iOS soon

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2013

Google is on a roll these days. Hot on the heels of updating its desktop Chrome browser with Siri-like conversational search earlier today, the Internet giant just published a post over at the official Chrome blog confirming that Chrome for iPhone and iPad with voice search is “coming soon.”

A Chrome update for the iPhone and iPad will be ready “over the coming days” and will let you speak your searches into Omnibox, which in Google’s parlance means Chrome’s combined search and address box.

You’ll even get certain results spoken back to you, right in the Chrome browser – how cool is that? Read More


Google Now-like conversational search goes live in latest Chrome build

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2013

Google Now-like voice search in the desktop Chrome browser is definitely one of the easily overlooked Google I/O 2013 announcements. There’s no denying that it makes a hell of a lot of sense to unify Google’s voice search experience, no matter what device or operating system people happen to be using.

Having recently added Google Now to its native Search app on iOS devices, the Internet giant has now enabled very similar conversational voice search capabilities in the latest build of its Chrome desktop browser for Mac and Windows… Read More


5 excellent jailbreak tweaks to improve search on iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 22, 2012

Searching is something we do day in and day out. It’s an integral part of the desktop experience, so it only makes sense that it’s something we do often on mobile devices as well.

Searching on the iPhone, while adequate, has always left a little something to be desired when compared to competing operating systems like Android. It only makes sense, considering Android is the product of Google — the creator of the world’s best and most popular search engine.

If you’re jailbroken, however, you have many more choices when it comes to search on iOS. There are search improvements for Spotlight, voice search enhancements, Notification Center search options, and much, much, more. Jailbreaking is a great way to get more out of your device, and that’s why we’ve taken the liberty to compile a list highlighting some of the best jailbreak tweaks for search… Read More


Ryan Petrich releases his own Siri inspired Google voice search tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 8, 2012

Hot on the heels of another jailbreak tweak that allows you to search the new Google Search app using only your voice, comes Activoice — a similar tweak from Ryan Petrich.

Like the NowNow tweak that we covered yesterday, Activoice allows you to easily invoke the new voice portion of the Google Search app similar to the way that you using Activator. Take a look inside for our hands on video coverage of the tweak in action. Read More


New jailbreak tweak supplants Siri with Google Search

By Cody Lee on Nov 7, 2012

Well that didn’t take long. Just a week after Google’s revamped Search app with new voice technology made it into the App Store, a jailbreak tweak has been released that will allow users to supplant it for Siri in iOS.

The voice recognition tech in the new Google Search app has received a lot of praise for its speedy response times and accurate results. And now, thanks to the new tweak NowNow, you can access it from anywhere… Read More


Showdown: Google Voice Search v. Siri speed test

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2012

Google’s recently updated Voice Search iOS app is simply amazing as it demonstrates just how speedy Siri should be. Unfortunately, Apple’s digital secretary remains reliant on network connectivity for voice recognition. Heck, this time last year some folks were even convinced only the iPhone 4S was fast enough to run Siri. That couldn’t be farther from the truth because Google’s iOS app comes with real-time voice recognition. So, how speedy is Siri compared to Google’s refreshed app? Check out this clip by Gizmodo and meet us down in the comments. It’s a couple days old but definitely worth watching… Read More


Google gives its iOS search app Siri-like voice magic

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2012

Google’s most advanced voice search has arrived on iOS! The company yesterday issued an update to its Voice search app for Android with new Google Now features for Android 4.1 devices. And today, the search Goliath has finally released a long-expected update to its iOS app. It brings a bit overdue iPhone 5 compatibility in addition to – and this is huge – the vastly improved voice search capability with artificial intelligence aspects akin to Google Now on Android Jelly Bean devices.

Give it a few more releases and this app is bound to compete with Apple’s Siri. Also on tap are the usual bug fixes and a few other tweaks and enhancements. It’s a free universal binary that supports all iOS form factors natively so make sure to update to the latest version. Jeff had a chance to take it for a spin, I’ve included his video hands-on right below… Read More


Two months later, Apple still hasn’t approved Google Search update

By Cody Lee on Oct 10, 2012

Back in August, Google showed off an update for its iOS Search app that included its new Google Now digital assistant technology. It’s the same tech it uses in Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

During the showing, the company said that it had submitted the update to Apple and was awaiting approval. But more than two months have passed now, and we haven’t heard a peep… Read More


How to use Google voice search from anywhere on your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 7, 2012

VoiceSearch is a relatively new jailbreak tweak that allows you to perform Google voice searches from anywhere using a simple Activator action.

Obviously VoiceSearch can’t replace all of the functionality that Siri brings to the table on the iPhone 4S, and upcoming iOS 6 update for the new iPad, but it is a somewhat decent holdover for non Siri-enabled devices… Read More


Will Apple kill Evi over Siri? [Updated]

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 27, 2012

It looks as if things are becoming quite crowded and heated in the “virtual assistant” space.

A recent TechCrunch report says that Apple is planning to remove Evi from the App Store because it violates Apple’s terms and conditions.

The violation? Evi is too similar to SiriRead More


OpenSiri: Launch Apps Natively Using Siri

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 21, 2012

Didn’t we tell you? The floodgates are opening for Siri tweaks now that the iPhone 4S jailbreak is available.

OpenSiri is among the Siri tweak freshman class, and it allows you to launch stock Apple apps, plus Facebook and Twitter apps using nothing but your voice.

Check out our hands-on video of OpenSiri in action… Read More


How to Use Siri to Help You Shop for Gadgets

By Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2011

We’ve seen Siri do everything from turn on a fireplace to control a TV set, so there’s not much that Apple’s digital assistant can do at this point that would surprise us. But all of these tricks require use of the Siri Proxy.

What about the average user that probably hasn’t installed the proxy? Well, there’s still Wolfram Alpha. The database allows you to do a number of things with Apple’s new handset, and it just added another cool feature. Read More


Chit Chatting With Siri [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 14, 2011

I’ve always thought that Siri looked good, just not as great as Apple would want you to believe. I was a skeptic. I was a skeptic until about an hour ago when I first tried Siri for myself.

It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely better than any other voice recognition/control/A.I. you’ve ever used. It integrates commendably with the iPhone 4S, and best of all, it just works…most of the time.

Siri will, without a doubt, change the way we communicate with our devices going forward; it’s like the missing link that we’ve needed all along.

Check inside and see what it’s like to have small talk with Siri… Read More


Dragon Go! by Nuance Brings Amazing Voice Search to the iPhone

By Alex Heath on Jul 16, 2011

Nuance is known for its intelligent voice technology, and the company is actually in a partnership with Apple to supposedly work on bringing better voice integration to iOS.

Nuance already has several productivity apps in the App Store, including Dragon Dictation. And their newest app brings the ultimate voice search experience to the iPhone. Hello, Dragon Go! Read More