Google's Siri competitor for iOS arrives

Nearly three months after its snazzy demo, Google's enhanced voice search for iOS is here.

The service, which mimics some of the functionality found in Google's search technology built in to Android as part of Jelly Bean, aims to keep Siri on her toes.

The software (on iTunes) provides contextual, spoken results for voice queries, and serves up web searches for everything else. During our brief testing, the answers came back markedly quicker than Apple's own offering, even showing voice transcriptions as queries were spoken — something that Siri does not do until users are done talking.

The new feature went out as part of an update to Google's search application yesterday, which also added support for Apple's iPhone 5. iOS users need to be on iOS 4.2 or above to use the new feature.

In an interview with CNET earlier this year, Google said that it plans to build some of the same search integration into its other products, namely Calendar and Drive, though it has not set out a timetable for those additions.

Check out Google's promotional video of the enhanced voice search in action below.


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