This morning, an update for the Google Search application on iOS was released by Google and along with it came Google Now. The predictive search feature has been available on Android for just under a year, but in that time, it’s only been able to reach a peak of 25% of all Android devices.
Unfortunately for Google they’ve had a fragmentation problem since the beginning of time with Android, making it hard to reach users when a new service is only available for Jellybean (4.1+). By releasing on iOS, they’ve effectively made the service available for up to 500 Million devices on day one.
My mom asked me yesterday if her phone (my hand-me-down Evo V 4G on Virgin Mobile) could ask Google questions like I can on my phone (Nexus 4). I had to explain that Google Now was not available on phones running 4.0 and earlier. She wasn’t that disapointed, but she really likes just asking questions instead of having to use the crappy stock HTC keyboard. It’s neat and it’s fast. But she can’t use it.
Google really needs to mandate updates. If Apple can do it, Google can do it too, surely.