Google announced today that its bringing to the Google Search iOS app the latest features and design that recently came to Android with the launch of the new Lollipop OS.
Think of it as our early holiday gift to you — today we’re releasing the rebuilt Google app for iOS. It’s ready for download in the App Store and will help you multitask more merrily this season.
In addition to the brand new material design, which is all the rage on Android these days, Google Search for iOS is being updated with three useful new features to help you keep track of recently visited pages, access Maps more easily, and more.
Recent Pages At A Glance
You know how one search can lead to another… and then another, and another. Before you know it you’re five pages removed from what you originally wanted to visit.
Now it’s easy to jump back a few pages with the new ‘recents’ button on the lower right hand side. Just tap it and you can flip through all your recently viewed pages and get back to where you originally intended to go.
Perform A New Search On The Fly
If you’re in the middle of reading through a page you found via the Search app and have the inkling to search for something else, you don’t have to go back to the search box to perform a new search.
Now there’s a hovering Google search button in the center of the bottom of the screen that you can tap at any time to perform a new text or voice search.
Google Maps Integration
Something that’s been sorely missing from the Google Search app on iOS is finally here with the integration of Google Maps. Now when you search for a location you’ll see a map at the top of the search results screen that you can tap on to open in an expanded view.
As an Android owner I can tell you that Google Maps integration is something that has made my life easier on a number of occasions. I didn’t even realize it wasn’t available on iOS, so I hope you iPhone owners enjoy it as much as I have!