Google Now gives iPhone users a taste of Android
Google Now gives iPhone users a taste of Android
2:52

Google Now gives iPhone users a taste of Android

Culture
-It's time for iPhone users to get a taste of Android. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. One of the killer features of Android can now be found on Apple devices. It's called Google Now and it's part of the Google Search app in iTunes. Google Now is a service that aims to be your personal assistant. Using location, it learns about your daily commute and alerts you to traffic issues on the way home or it could tell you the best way to get to the next appointment on your Google calendar. It also keeps track of your flights and other interests such as the sports teams you follow. There's lots that can notify you about, but for Apple users, you have to keep going into the Google Search app to get use out of it unlike Android where notifications pop up. There's also a voice search option similar to asking Apple Siri a question. So, you can ask Google Now if you need a jacket today or where's the nearest Italian restaurant. It will be interesting to see how many Apple users flock to using Google Now. Although Google will grow its user base by offering it to Apple devices, it also means that Google Now is no longer an exclusive feature for Android. It also could upset long-time Android users since the majority of Android phones still cannot try it. Only Android phones with the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system can use Google Now. Apps have become the more popular way to text on a phone. There are more people sending instant messages using a special smartphone chat app rather than sending a text message the standard way through SMS on the phone. The Financial Times commissioned to report by research firm, Informa, which found that more people were using popular chat apps such as WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger, and Apple's iMessage. In total, these apps sent and received about 19 billion messages a day compared to only 17.6 billion SMS text messages. And that study didn't even count people who use Facebook to send messages. For some users, sending a message over an app is better because it doesn't count against text message use and using a messaging app can let you send more than just a text. Take for example the app Couple. It's a private chat for two people in love. And aside from typing, you can send drawings, audio messages, and even maps of your location. Also using an app to text or video chat is a way to connect on the cheap to your international friends. You may have seen small businesses use the Square credit card swiper to process transactions through phones or tablets, but you could start seeing more quick service restaurants using Square. The Square Register service app has been updated to help restaurant managers with new tools that can make notes if a customer wants a special order and it could be printed out on a ticket sent to the kitchen. That's your tech news update. You'll find more details on these stories at CNET.com/update or you could follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.

Up Next

Download Netflix shows to watch offline
ud113016.jpg

Up Next

Download Netflix shows to watch offline

Amazon's next Echo said to come with a screen
ud112916.jpg

Amazon's next Echo said to come with a screen

Curved iPhone 8? Apple said to be exploring OLED screens
ud112816.jpg

Curved iPhone 8? Apple said to be exploring OLED screens

Black Friday and other turkey traditions are evolving
ud1123162.jpg

Black Friday and other turkey traditions are evolving

Facebook drone accident under investigation
ud112216.jpg

Facebook drone accident under investigation

Facebook needs you to fight fake news
ud112116.jpg

Facebook needs you to fight fake news

Airbnb wants to be your travel agent
ud111816.jpg

Airbnb wants to be your travel agent

Wait, how fast can Qualcomm charge a phone?
ud111716.jpg

Wait, how fast can Qualcomm charge a phone?

Snapchat may be worth $30 billion with IPO filing
ud111616.jpg

Snapchat may be worth $30 billion with IPO filing

Nintendo puts a price on Super Mario Run (and the Switch?)
ud1115162.jpg

Nintendo puts a price on Super Mario Run (and the Switch?)

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

First Drive in the All-Electric 2024 Fiat 500e
240417-site-fiat-500e-ev-drive-program-thumbnail-v3

First Drive in the All-Electric 2024 Fiat 500e

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Look For
laptop-buying-guide-2024-00-02-36-12-still001

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Look For

Boston Dynamics Retires Its HD Atlas Robot
p1022506-00-00-01-20-still001

Boston Dynamics Retires Its HD Atlas Robot

Taste-Testing 6 Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks
applecider-160424-land-00-00-06-18-still001

Taste-Testing 6 Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

Testing BruMate's Leakproof Tumbler
brumate-160324-land-00-00-47-14-still001

Testing BruMate's Leakproof Tumbler

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2
airpods-pro-2

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter
pic3

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar
240320-site-nuro-r3-first-look-v1

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day
240304-site-nothing-phone-2-first-look-v3

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More
240229-site-best-of-show-at-mwc

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Latest How To All how to videos

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2
airpods-pro-2

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone
screenshot-2024-04-03-at-15-47-11.png

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features
240311-site-windows-11-hidden-tips-and-tricks-v2

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro