Michele Masterson

Google Releases Advanced Voice Search On iOS

Google has launched a new Google Search app for iPhone and iPad with enhanced voice search that answers questions with comprehensive Google search results.

Getting an answer is as simple as tapping on the microphone icon and asking a question like, “Is United Airlines flight 318 on time?” Your words appear as you speak, you get your answer immediately and—if it’s short and quick, like the status and departure time of your flight—Google tells you the answer aloud.

Users can get answers to an increasingly wide variety of questions thanks to Knowledge Graph, which gives the search technology an understanding of people, places and things in the real world. Here are a samples of questions that Google can answer:

  • “What does Yankee Stadium look like?” Google will show you hundreds of pictures instantly.
  • “Play me a trailer of the upcoming James Bond movie.” The trailer starts playing immediately right within Google Search.
  • “When does daylight savings time end?” The answer will appear above the search results, so you can set your clock without having to click on a link.
  • “Who’s in the cast of The Office?” See a complete cast list and find out who made you crack up last night.