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A video showing off an alleged Google Now app built for iOS was supposedly leaked to YouTube on Tuesday, with the promotional-style clip touting the service's major features including real time data acquisition and predictive actions.

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Spotted by Engadget, the low-resolution promo, which teased Google Now for iPhone and iPad, was reportedly posted to YouTube earlier today, only to be pulled minutes later.

In the short clip, the narrator describes a number of predictive features offered by the service which first launched on Android handsets in 2012, including real time navigation rerouting, air travel updates and sports scores.



It should be noted that the authenticity of the video has not been confirmed, though the overall style and narration fit with Google's previous ads touting the Google Now for Android product.
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Yes please....looks very nice.

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A video showing off an alleged Google Now app built for iOS was supposedly leaked to YouTube on Tuesday, with the promotional-style clip touting the service's major features including real time transmission of all your private data to Google.

Fixed that for you.
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Fixed that for you.

 

Keep that tin foil hat tight.

It will be sweet to get this on iOS. Has to be another kick in the nuts to Android users though.

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Live updates can be far more useful than getting stuck in a search, read, search, read loop. I know. The OneBusAway app on my iPhone gives constant updates of Seattle bus arrivals. This could be that for All Sorts of Things.

I have my doubts about live traffic updates though. If too many people use the feature, that quickest route can quickly become a parking lot.
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If one day I decide to buy an iPhone, it would be because of Google, not Apple.

Why would you buy an iPhone in that case?

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Live updates can be far more useful than getting stuck in a search, read, search, read loop. I know. The OneBusAway app on my iPhone gives constant updates of Seattle bus arrivals. This could be that for All Sorts of Things.

I have my doubts about live traffic updates though. If too many people use the feature, that quickest route can quickly become a parking lot.

Ideally the live traffic would continuously change to always show the quickest route, once the old quickest route isn't anymore. Google Now really intrigues me, and Google in general is doing a lot of great things. Yes, they use my information to sell ads, but it is anonymized, and there is no reason to believe they aren't extremely protective and responsible with that data. I get great services that help me in my everyday life, they make a couple bucks (just like any company is trying to). Sounds like everyone wins
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i am google-free on my iPhone & iPad, and only use Youtube on my MBA.

I use Yahoo or Duck Duck Go as my search engine. Any tie-in with google are out of my control, so don't bother bringing them up.

I don't use gmail (that spam driving piece of turd), nor do i have any google accounts.

I am FREE and it feels fantastic.

Join me, and you too will realise that google is not needed.

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This is where I scratch my head when Tim Cook says Apple isn't a hardware company.  If Apple really wasn't a hardware comapny Siri would be doing what Google Now does, and maybe even doing it better.  What great improvements did we get in software last year?  iTunes is still a bloated monster. Apps like numbers, pages and keynote haven't been updated in ages.  Many would argue that Google  apps like maps and gmail are superior to their Apple counterparts.  I really hope Apple kills it with software this year.  An iOS 6 like update I fear isn't enough.

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Keep that tin foil hat tight.

It will be sweet to get this on iOS. Has to be another kick in the nuts to Android users though.

 

Not really.  I'm glad Apple users can get the same goodies Android users get so they can choose if they want to use them or not.  Freedom and choice are good regardless of what kind of phone you use.

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Ideally the live traffic would continuously change to always show the quickest route, once the old quickest route isn't anymore. Google Now really intrigues me, and Google in general is doing a lot of great things. Yes, they use my information to sell ads, but it is anonymized, and there is no reason to believe they aren't extremely protective and responsible with that data. I get great services that help me in my everyday life, they make a couple bucks (just like any company is trying to). Sounds like everyone wins


There are, in fact, many reasons to believe Google isn't "extremely protective and responsible" with your information.



Google's mission statement is: "Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful." While Google's mission statement alone isn't troublesome, Google's collection of personal information is quite troublesome because Google's business model is the aggregation of user's personal information in order to target advertising to users. As a result of their policies and associated products and services, Google has far more personal information about users than governments or other businesses have about consumers.



* Google gathers details of how you used their services, such as your search queries (1)
* Google tracks cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Google Account (1)
* Google collects telephony log information like your phone number, calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information and types of calls (1)
* Google logs device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL (1)
* Google collects device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information including phone number) Google may associate your device identifiers or phone number with your Google Account (1)



While such information is gathered by competing products and services, Google's vast range of "products and services" uniquely positions Google to collect more information about consumers than any other company. The problem with Google's vast network of information gathering is that Google has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of concern for consumers through their policies and practices. Furthermore, Google has consistently used very expedient methods to comply with or meet demands whether those of stockholders or governments. The vast amount of information collected by Google has arguably made Google the greatest threat to privacy ever known, a vast unsecured treasure trove of information that attracts hackers and online thieves, and; most worrisome; governments.



* Google has done very little to protect Android users from malware. Considering that many people have significant amounts of personal information on their mobile devices, I find this completely unacceptable.
* According to Sunnyvale, Calif., security firm Juniper Networks known instances of Android-related malware -- "virtually all" involving apps - have jumped steadily month by month from 400 in June 2011 to 15,507 in February 2012 (2)
* "San Francisco-based Lookout Mobile Security reported In August 2011, that "an estimated half-million to one million people were affected by Android malware in the first half of 2011." (2)
* Trend Micro of Japan, which has U.S. headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. - identified "more than 1,000 malicious Android apps" last year, 90 percent of them on Google's site and noted that the number of bad apps grew last year at 60 percent per month. Trend Micro has estimated the total this year "will grow to more than 120,000," (2)
* Google proclaims that "Since the beginning, we’ve focused on providing the best user experience possible. Whether we’re designing a new Internet browser or a new tweak to the look of the homepage, we take great care to ensure that they will ultimately serve you, rather than our own internal goal or bottom line." (3) This is in direct conflict with Google's business model which serves advertisers and is a serious, undisclosed conflict of interest.
* Google removed links to an anti-Scientology site after the Church of Scientology claimed copyright infringement in 2002. (4)
* Google handed over the records of some users of its social-networking service, Orkut, to the Brazilian government, which was investigating alleged racist, homophobic, and pornographic content in September 2006. (4)
* Google's mission statement "to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful" didn’t stop Google from censoring their Chinese search engine to gain access to a lucrative market. (4)
* Privacy International has named Google the worst company in their 2007 survey and "hostile to privacy." (5)
* Google has used their dominant position with Google Search to prefer Google+ search results and has published results that include personal data which doesn't provide an opt-out option. (6)
* Google employees have vandalized OpenStreetMap by adding erroneous data. (7)
* Google collected emails, texts, photos and documents gathered from Wi-Fi networks using Google's StreetView cars to collect data. (8)
* Google regularly provides information to governments including the United States government about users without providing full disclosure. (9)



1. http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/. Google. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
2. Steve Johnson. Posted March 17, 2012. Updated March 23, 2012. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_20182226/android-apps-targeted-by-malware?source=rss_viewed. San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
3. http://www.google.com/about/company/philosophy/. Google. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
4. Adam L. Penenberg. October 10, 2006. http://motherjones.com/politics/2006/10/google-evil. MotherJones. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
5. Unattributed. June 8, 2007. https://www.privacyinternational.org/article/race-bottom-privacy-ranking-internet-service-companies. Privacy International. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
6. John Fontana. January 12, 2012 http://www.zdnet.com/blog/identity/ftc-asked-to-probe-google-search-integration/143 ZDNet. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
7. Lucian Parfeni. January 17, 2012. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Google-Accused-of-Vandalizing-OpenStreetMap-Data-246965.shtml Softpedia. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
8. Hack Doyle and Daniel Bates. Posted May 27, 2012. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150606/Google-deliberately-stole-information-executives-covered-years.html. Daily Mail. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
9. David Kravets. Posted 18 June 2012. http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/06/google-data-demands/. Wired. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
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For anyone who is interested, you can have the functionality of Google Now on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch now.

I have previously written about additional functions that Siri could provide, those functions are available now in "Tempo."

Tempo (from SRI, the birthplace of Siri) is the ultimate smart calendar for your iPhone!

Tempo is like having your own personal assistant prepare you for what’s next. It’s the only mobile calendar that intelligently enhances your meetings and events by connecting emails, contacts and location to your calendar. Tempo puts more in your calendar so you get more out of your day!

With details displayed right in your Tempo calendar, you’ll never again fumble across apps trying to complete a simple task, such as finding a meeting agenda or someone’s phone number. Tempo fills in the details even when you don’t enter them in your calendar. It knows what you need and what you want to get done. The more you use Tempo the smarter it gets!

Bringing Tempo to your busy day saves you time and eliminates the hassles that can come with preparing for your next meeting. With just one tap, you can:

• Send a pre-populated “running late” email or text
• Dial into conference calls – Tempo handles the passcode
• Get directions, parking and estimated driving time
• Review emails that pertain to the meeting
• Open related documents
• Quickly reach attendees via phone, email or text
• Find the exact location even if you don’t have the address
• Browse attendees’ LinkedIn profiles
• Connect to Foursquare and Yelp
• Get estimated driving time
• Wish your friends happy birthday on Facebook
• Know your flight status
• Use Siri to create your next calendar event or meeting
And so much more!

Tempo intelligently connects your calendar to your accounts and apps, including:

Contacts:
• Google Contacts
• Microsoft Outlook Contacts
• iPhone Contacts

Emails:
• Exchange (2007 and up)
• Gmail
• iCloud
• Yahoo
• IMAP

Documents (Any email attachment) such as:
• Microsoft Word
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft PowerPoint
• PDFs
• Images

Apps:
• LinkedIn
• Foursquare
• Yelp
• More coming soon!
Edited by MacBook Pro - 3/12/13 at 9:01pm
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There are several additional apps that readers may find interesting.


Easily Do

EasilyDo is a smart assistant that pulls actionable information from your calendar, email, contacts, Facebook, etc. into one feed, alerts you at the right time, and offers to get tasks done for you with one tap – no to-do lists, no digging, no app-juggling. EasilyDo makes everyday tasks simpler and saves time.

Instantly useful, within just minutes into the app:

✓ Never Miss Something Important Again
Get birthday reminders, event invites, and important updates shared by your friends; send your wishes, e-gifts, RSVPs, congratulations and support — be there for your friends.

✓ Easily Navigate Your Day
Get ‘time to leave’ alerts and directions to your home, work, or next appointment; auto-dial into calls; text to say you’re on the way or running late — what you need when you need it.

✓ Stay Organized with Zero Effort
Merge duplicates in your address book, add contacts from recent emails, and file receipts into an email folder automatically — taking care of the niggling things that you always mean to get to and don’t.



Grokr

Meet Grokr: a predictive search & discovery service built for your mobile world. Grokr creates a unique, personalized discovery experience by constantly curating the world wide web to bring you exactly what you want to know, exactly when you need it.

Your morning commute before you leave, a place for lunch before you're hungry, your favorite artist's next concert before you even thought to look, and all the latest from your favorite websites, in one beautiful app. Grokr finds you this information so you don't have to search for it: the knowledge you seek will just find you.

A few of the many ways Grokr can work for you:

--Personalized and predictive search that understands that your words are more than letters: they’re needs and desires. So when you search for 'Taj Mahal' you’ll get the restaurant reviews if you like Indian, and the musical artist if you like blues. Grokr knows who 'the quiet Beatle' is and that the '21st Amendment' is both a constitutional provision and an awesome bar. Based on your interests, Grokr finds you precisely what you’re looking for.

--The Local Tile: “Anchor Steam Ale”, “Birkenstocks”, “Massaman Curry” Near Me. Always know what’s around you. Grokr shows you where to find the things you love to eat, drink, and do.

--The Commute Tile: Live More, Commute Less. Get traffic alerts, the commute time home, and everything else you need to make it anywhere on time, every time.

--Breaking and Headline News: Breaking news before it breaks, and trending stories for your interests. Grokr understands what you like and brings you news and trending stories on those topics. It’s like having a newspaper printed just for you, whenever you want it.

--The Trending Tiles: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why Right Now. Never miss a beat. See what’s trending on the web for you and for everyone else, all the time.

--Sports Tiles: Stats and Scores, Served. Follow your teams. Get live scores and bodacious stats. Relish in the standings and never miss a tip-off/kick-off/face-off.

--Recommended and Movie Tiles: Your Passions, Manifested. Concerts, events, movies. If something’s going on that you’re gonna love, Grokr’s gonna tell you about it.

The Knowledge You Seek, Will Find You.



Winston

Winston is your lovable assistant that tells you stories from your social feeds and favorite news sites. For the first time, you can enjoy your social news in a narrated, audiovisual newscast.
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Originally Posted by 3Eleven View Post
Keep that tin foil hat tight.

 

Uh, every Google product does this. Come off it.

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Why would you buy an iPhone in that case?

Apple hardware, not-Apple software.

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Keep that tin foil hat tight.
It will be sweet to get this on iOS. Has to be another kick in the nuts to Android users though.


If we do see Google Now on iOS, what then is unique about the Android experience?

Boatloads of Bloatware?
Crappy or non-existent Customer Service?
Inconsistent User Interface?
Incredible Insecurity of the platform?
Questionable App Quality?
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Oh wow, it's Watson for your iPad . . .
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How much of your personal data are you willing to allow Google to mine for this convenience?
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How much of your personal data are you willing to allow Google to mine for this convenience?

I must admit it's a bit weird - I open Google now on my tablet and it tells me when the next bus home from work is on, the weather - and that's pretty much for my locale. But it's very convenient. 

 

I'm happy with the information I've given google. My life hasn't caved in yet.

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If we do see Google Now on iOS, what then is unique about the Android experience?

Boatloads of Bloatware?
Crappy or non-existent Customer Service?
Inconsistent User Interface?
Incredible Insecurity of the platform?
Questionable App Quality?

 

 

To play the devil's advocate, Android's advantages over an iOS device that hasn't been jailbroken are...
 
  • A wider range of form-factors
  • Lower price points
  • True multi-tasking
  • Easier sharing between apps (i.e. document-driven design, rather than app-driven design)
  • All the usual benefits of open source software (easier debugging, ability to modify and copy code)
  • An app store that doesn't kick out art apps for a bit of nudity
  • A Windows/Linux-based development environment for developers
  • Third-party keyboards
  • Ability to set default software, like the browser
  • Better e-mail client
 
There's not enough there for me to consider using an Android device fulltime but don't get complacent about iOS's lead over Android.
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Presumably your personal information and location is sent in realtime to Google's real customers too. As you approach your destination the shops can have neon signs welcoming you by name and lists of all the things you bought recently on display alongside all the things like that others also bought.
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I don't use gmail (that spam driving piece of turd), nor do i have any google accounts.

 

Weird, I use gmail exclusively and I NEVER see spam. Not sure how you're using it wrong. But whatever, continue to spout BS.

 

When I used Hotmail, I could get over a hundred spam messages a day easily.

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Tempo (from SRI, the birthplace of Siri) is the ultimate smart calendar for your iPhone!

 

 

 

So since everyone who doesn't trash Google on this site is inevitably called a paid shill, can I assume you're a paid shill for these app developers?

 

And no offense, but it's easy to list the Amazing! features that your Incredible! and Awesome! app has, it's another thing to actually back it up.

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Originally Posted by caliminius View Post
Weird, I use gmail exclusively and I NEVER see spam. Not sure how you're using it wrong. But whatever, continue to spout BS.

 

Moderate a forum for a little while. You'll see Gmail-based spam. lol.gif1wink.gif

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I'm willing to try Google Now. No issues with spam in my Gmail account so far. So what if I see an occasional ad? I don't avoid television because of commercials.

At least the ads are something i am interested in.

Google is smart to bring their best to iOS.
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If we do see Google Now on iOS, what then is unique about the Android experience?

Boatloads of Bloatware?
Crappy or non-existent Customer Service?
Inconsistent User Interface?
Incredible Insecurity of the platform?
Questionable App Quality?

 

Bloatware depends on carrier...

Customer service depends on which manufacturer you buy from...

Inconsistent user interface depends on manufacturer...

Security depends on user (ie. not downloading questionable apks and installing from 'unknown sources', not rooting, and not downloading spamware)...

Questionable App Quality - it's down to the user to decide not to download shitty apps. 

 

What kind of Android experience you get really depends on which manufacturer you buy from, and whether or not you're stupid enough to download malware.  The OS itself is inherently very secure, but security ultimately lies in the hands of the user...

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Everyone seems to have missed the biggest part about this.


Google Now only runs on Jelly Bean (it's one of Jelly Beans best features, according to many Android users/reviewers). That means only 16.5% of Android users can actually use this.

 

I don't know what iOS version Google Now will require, but even in the worst case scenario (say it's only for iOS 6) then over 60% of iDevice users will have access to Google Now. Compared to 16.5% for Android. Now that's what I call fragmentation when your competitor has more devices that can run a flagship App vs your own OS.

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Everyone seems to have missed the biggest part about this.


Google Now only runs on Jelly Bean (it's one of Jelly Beans best features, according to many Android users/reviewers). That means only 16.5% of Android users can actually use this.

 

I don't know what iOS version Google Now will require, but even in the worst case scenario (say it's only for iOS 6) then over 60% of iDevice users will have access to Google Now. Compared to 16.5% for Android. Now that's what I call fragmentation when your competitor has more devices that can run a flagship App vs your own OS.

Why would Google care if more iOS users than Android ones have access to Google Now? I suspect at the end of the day they just want to make sure more users have access to Google services, not where they come from.

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Check out Google Now for Chrome. Now even Microsoft users can use it.
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Why would Google care if more iOS users than Android ones have access to Google Now? I suspect at the end of the day they just want to make sure more users have access to Google services, not where they come from.

 

Way to miss the point. Google doesn't care, but fandroids will be fuming over this. How can they claim Android can "do more" if that pesky Google keeps releasing Apps for iOS? And how can their dream of Apple "failing" ever come true?

 

This just highlights the fragmentation problem in Android when 2 year old iPhones can run one of Google's premiere Apps while most 1 year old Android phones can't. 

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Way to miss the point. Google doesn't care, but fandroids will be fuming over this. How can they claim Android can "do more" if that pesky Google keeps releasing Apps for iOS? And how can their dream of Apple "failing" ever come true?

 

This just highlights the fragmentation problem in Android when 2 year old iPhones can run one of Google's premiere Apps while most 1 year old Android phones can't. 

They probably can if they're updated to 4.1 or higher. It's not a hardware issue per-se AFAIK.

 

I don't know why Android users would be fuming about Google Now being available on iOS. It's unlikely the vast majority of them care either way and even fewer would know that the same feature is available on iPhones anyway. Would iOS users be pissed if Siri was available on other mobile platforms? Doubtful. So there isn't any point to miss.

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post #32 of 32

I have to admit that I like google now.....it is the best predictive notification system I have seen...

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