It’s been just about six months now since we first saw Google start bringing the Google Now experience to iOS users, by means of an updated Google Search app. Since then we’ve witnessed updates add new cards and expand on functionality, but today the floodgates really open on up, and we see Google announce a slew of changes that promise to flesh out the iOS Search app in a major way.
Just like over in Android land, you’ll now be able to start a search simply by saying “OK Google” aloud. Of course, you’ll need to actually be in the app first, but it’s still a nice step to help improve the parity between iOS and Android solutions.
This release also brings notification support, again just like on Android. You’ll see those same types of alerts pop up on your iPhone’s lock screen. You can also manually set reminders to keep you from forgetting about important tasks, or even to just keep you abreast of new releases from your favorite band or actor.
We also see the arrival of new Google Now cards, like the automatic boarding pass display that will pull up your flight details as your iPhone detects you’re arriving at the airport.
Much of this updated Search app will work for international users, but Google warns that the reminders and voice search are English-only for the moment.