Google Search App for iOS gets iMessage support, iOS 11 drag and drop & share sheet option


Google on Monday announced several upgrades for its iPhone and iPad search app, designed to weave it more deeply into everyday use.

When having a conversation with someone in the Messages app, you can tap on the new Google search icon to bring up an interface that allows you to conduct Google searches without the need to exit the Messages app.

There are quick buttons to access the weather, restaurants located near by, attraction in the area like parks and museums, trending news stories and trending videos. You will also see a search bar at the top of the interfaces for traditional searches and there’s a GIF button for quickly searching for GIFs to share. This functionally is limited to the United states at the current time.

When using Safari, chrome or another iOS Web browser, tapping “Search google” after opening the share sheet will pop up items related to the page a person is on, eliminating the need to copy and paste or manually enter search queries.

iPad owners with iOS 11, lastly can now drag and drop text, links and images into other compatible apps. The iMessage extension is only available in the U.S. For the moment, google clarified. The Google app is a free download and runs on any device with iOS 10 or later.

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