Google Search for iOS Updated with Material Design, In-App Maps, & More
Google has updated its Search application for iOS with their new Material Design aesthetic, taking cues from Android's redesigned look with refreshed colors, depth effects, and new animations. But the update doesn't stop there; there are several new and useful features added to the mix. Download Google Search for iOS for free from the iOS App Store to check out all the new goodness for yourself.
Android Lollipop's multitasking UI has made its way to iOS, displaying your search history in a stack of cards in a neatly organized manner, making it much more intuitive than previous versions.
Move the cards around by sliding your finger up and down, or remove them by swiping them to either side.
When searching locations, you'll now see a new "Maps" option in-between "Images" and "More." With it, you can launch an in-app version of Google Maps, where you can view your current location and the location of where you're trying to go.
Unfortunately, you can't get directions from here. Instead, you'll be routed to the official Google Maps application if it's installed on your device.
You can now launch Google Now from anywhere in the app, as long as the blue or white Google microphone icon is present. Enable this feature by tapping on your profile icon (top left of the main page), go to "Voice Search," then enable "Ok Google" hotword.