Google Overhauls iPhone Search App, New Interface/Features, Available Now

The world’s largest Internet search engine, Google Inc., has released a new search application, Google Mobile App, for Apple iOS devices that includes a revamped user interface with new gesture controls, new features, and improved performance, among other enhancements.

The new swipe features make searches more intuitive by utilizing new swipe gestures that bring up contextual menus. For example, if you swipe from left to right, a contextual menu appears that allows you to filter your results by time, Google Places, Images, News, Videos, Blogs, Discussions, among other parameters.

 Swiping down brings up the main menu that includes a sign in button, the settings menu, a search field, the voice command button, and a camera button that you could use to take pictures to complete your search with Google Goggles (see our previous coverage of Google Goggles, that could even solve a Sudoku puzzle).

You could browse websites directly within the application, or you could choose to open the links in Safari by simply pressing on the arrow button found at the bottom right of the screen, or by simply tapping and holding on the website title.

The app also includes Gmail and Calendar integration if you are signed into your Google Account.

One of the features that seems to be missing in the new app is Google Instant Previews, which allows you to pan through previews of webpages in search results without clicking through. That feature is already available when you visit Google from your mobile browser, for both iPhone and Android devices.

The application is now available in the Apple iTunes App Store; simply search for “Google Mobile App” for the free download.

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