Google rolled out an update to its iOS app Tuesday, giving users more options for reminders, notifications and searches.
The updates are for Google Now, the “personal assistant” feature of the Google Search mobile app. With the improvements, users on an iPad or iPhone can use the famous “OK Google” command.
The app runs like a voice-controlled personal assistant, perhaps providing some competition for Apple’s Siri.
Using the “OK Google” command, users can program reminders and run searches without a keyboard. Just ask the app to remind you to go to the store after work or look up movie times for this weekend, and Google obeys. The app now supports push notifications, too, so users can set up alerts to remind them about appointments and reservations.
Users can also set up alerts that will trigger when they arrive at certain locations, another feature identical to Apple’s Siri. For example, Google can tell you to “buy more coffee beans” the next time you step foot in your local coffee shop.
All of these features will look familiar to Android users as they’re already part of the Google Search app in the Google Play store.
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