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March 15, 2013

Google Now for iOS gets Confirmation from a Leaked Google Video

If you look up “Google Now” on Google, you will see that Google Now gets you just the right information at just the right time. It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform, or your favorite team's score while they’re playing – and all of this happens automatically. Cards appear throughout the day at the moment you need them.

Ultimately, it is designed to be an intelligent personal assistant, and it was introduced in June, 2012 for the Jelly Bean version of Android (4.1).

It never ceases to amaze me how so much secret information can get leaked; there are so many things that are kept under wraps. The problem seems to be that they are using plastic wrap to hide everything.

The latest “leaked” information is a video from Google. The video shows an alleged Google Now app that is built for Apple’s iOS. Apparently, this video was leaked to YouTube on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, and according to Appleinsder, the video is a promotional style clip touting the service's major features including real-time data acquisition and predictive actions.

It seems that although the video was posted on YouTube, it only lasted for a few minutes before it was pulled. That of course, did not stop people from downloading the video so that it is still available for everyone to see. You can see it by clicking here. You can then go ahead and compare it to the promotional video that was made for Android.

The first thing that you should notice is that the look and feel of the two clips is very similar. In fact, you might even say that they were “the same.” The next thing that you should notice is that Google used the same actress; the voice is the same for both videos.

It still remains to be seen if Google Now will actually be an iOS app. It has received a lot of approval since it was made available on Android. It is expected to be available for the Chrome browser on Windows, as well as the Chrome OS soon.

The question that everyone will be asking is, “will it come to iOS?” It seems that from comparing the two videos, both were definitely made by Google. Does that mean that Google does intend to port it over to iOS, or does it mean that they have dropped the idea all together? We will just have to wait and see how this one pans out.

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