Google App For iOS Reviewed: Just Google It!
The main screen of the app seems as minimal as Google start page. You see a small icon of your profile in the left upper corner, history button in the right upper corner, search field in the middle of the screen and two more fields in the bottom. One of them displays your calendar agenda and another shows weather report for today. Tap on any of them to see your detailed agenda or weather forecast. If you scroll down a little you can read recommended news.
The view will seem familiar to you. And yes, it’s minimal and accurate like in early Chrome versions. You get easy access to web version of the most useful Google apps (except for those with separate apps). Voice input is working as well as you’d wish it worked. You just have to say “OK, Google” and the app starts.
After you have made a voice search Google App will speak the first sentence of the first result aloud. You can keep searching or just browse the web on.
Not “Here”, but “Now”
You can set reminders both by time and location. Time reminders are quite usual for us; they contain information of something to be done at certain time. Location reminders haven’t become our routine yet but they can help us organize our lives as well. Set the thing you need to do (to see your friend, to buy some food or to see some place) and define the place you need to be at to do that thing. You can enjoy auto completion and select the places from your history first when options drop out.
This feature needs location services to be always on. If you don’t turn them off that won’t bother you. But in case you prefer to keep location services off (to save your battery power or for some other reason), you’ll have to make a choice. Another necessary option is turning notifications from Google App on.
And yes, Google Now voice recognition can do much more than just process your search requests. You can set your reminders with voice commands, ask questions with natural language grammar, like “Show me the nearest hotel” or “Remind me to call Charlie in 15 minutes”.
The assistant can recognize your commands in many languages. But if you know English well we recommend you do it in English as the risk of errors is minimal. You can also use it as a translation service based on Google Translate. All you have to do is say “Translate (something) into (language)”. Than the app shows you the result and even says it aloud. And yes, it has multilingual interface and selects the language automatically according to your system language.
This assistant is highly integrated with other Google services. For example, if you set a location reminder, it will find the place on Google Maps, not on popular Here or other map service. It will certainly use Google Calendar to store your plans and events, and so on. So your Google account will be of great use to you anyway. Weather forecast also looks like it’s opened in a common browser.
This app is especially useful if you use your iDevice together with Android smartphone or tablet with Google services integrated. A duo of PC version of Chrome and iPhone/iPad with the Google App works fine too. You always have your data synced (that’s what Google services are all about, first of all) and you don’t have to repeat your actions.
The Bottom Line
At the end you get a good, easy, and free organizer app made by Google with the most useful services integrated. Search, calendar, reminders, news, weather – this set is enough to build your plans and control your actions. If you’re used to Google services this app is a must-have one for you.