Google might be on its way to smuggle Google Now on iOS devices much sooner than we had anticipated. The smart, yet creepy, app has been a favorite amongst Android users ever since it launched. Many believe that Google Now is what Siri could have been. I’m not sure if the former would have been developed if the latter didn’t exist in the first place. Anyways let’s keep the fanboy argument away from this post.
Engadget reports that it got tipped off by someone who spotted a Google Now on iOS video on YouTube. The video was taken off, as expected, but someone managed to get a hold of the clip. The video has been made somewhat exactly like the one on Google Now for Android, making it seem almost authentic. We’ll buy it for the sake of an argument. No harm in admitting Google might as well be on the road to enabling Google Now on iOS devices.
But Android fanboys might agree with me (for a change) when I say – why would Google want to offer its competitor a trademark feature that sets Android apart from the rest of the competition? And especially at a point when Google Now has received rave reviews from all across.
I, for one, think Google Now deserves to be on iOS. Not from an iOS user point of view but from Google’s business point of view. Google already has Android users using its app. With iOS users getting a taste of what it feels like to use a Google app that kicks some serious arse, it’s a win-win situation for the search giant.
It’s not just about selling a bite of Google Now. If Google is really serious about Google Glass, iOS users would be its primary market other than high-end Android users. Or in my terms – folks who are filthy rich. Google Now on iOS will further ensure compatibility with iOS users who plan on buying Google Glass. You cannot ask anyone spending over $1000 to get an Android phone too. Google could do away with a basic Google Glass app on iOS but ultimately it will need to bring Google Now to the platform.
Google Now on iOS devices will also translate into some users jumping the ship to join the Android camp. There have been cases where major iOS fans have recently dumped their iPhones for an Android smartphone. While that number will always remain small, it’s still a ray of hope for Google. With more users attracted towards Android, Google will remain in the smartphone race as a worthy competitor. Not someone in the charts just for mere numbers in terms of selling weak devices (*points fingers at budget Android phones*).
But it won’t really be that easy for Google. For one, Apple might totally disapprove Google Now on iOS devices, I mean they can just say “no, sorry”. Apple could bake a worthy Google Now competitor in the next edition of iOS. With the word “worthy” I mean real alternative to Google Now on iOS devices. Or in my words – Siri’s badass big brother. Or something like that.
As for now, sit back and wait for a confirmation from Google in the coming few days. Meanwhile the news has sparked off another round of Android v/s Apple fanboys argument wars for the obvious reasons.
Oh wait…here comes another brick!