For over a month now, we’ve been seeing signs that Google Now was getting ready to spread beyond the realm of Jelly Bean Androids and make an appearance on iOS. After all, we saw what appeared to be a legitimate introduction video for just such an iOS edition. Following that, though, there was a period of confusion, with some comments from Eric Schmidt first making it sound like the app was done and just waiting on Apple’s approval, only to have Apple deny that any such thing had occurred. Well, maybe Schmidt simply spoke too soon, as today the Google Search app for iOS has been updated to include Google Now functionality.
Obviously, we don’t get quite the tight system integration as we have on Jelly Bean, swiping up from the home button to jump right into Now, but you’re still just a tap or two away from starting up the Search app and bringing up Now manually.
You’ll see the same sort of functionality as we’ve come to expect on Android, bringing you both news as well as updates on things that will directly affect you, like local traffic and weather conditions.
While the app is optimized for the screen on the iPhone 5, the new Google Search will work on any iPhone or iPad running iOS 5.0 or better.