Want to wow your friends and family this weekend? Check out the newly revamped Google Search app for iPhone and iPad, and specifically the updated voice search.

Team GeekWire sat around the office this week trying this thing out, and in our experience the speed of the voice recognition is pretty incredible — placing the words on the screen almost as fast as you can speak them.

Beyond that, the direct integration with web search makes for a better overall experience than Apple’s Siri, which often requires an extra step to access results from the web. Check out our quick demo video above to get a sense for the speed and usefulness of this feature.

To get the upgraded voice search, download the app here, or update the existing Google app on your device, if you already have it. Thanks to Seattle-based app developer Michael Schneider for turning us on to this.

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Here’s the audio of this week’s segment.


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  • http://twitter.com/AstroKev AstroKev

    So the search feature is definitely good (and fast), but Siri does much more than just web search. Actually, when siri throws up a prompt for web search, I usually stop. For example, in this world of “no phone in hand while driving”, with Siri I’m able to listen *AND* respond to texts in my car.

  • http://ListWithTom.com/ Thomas A B Johnson

    Is this the real reason Scott Forstall got canned? note approval for iOS came after all the Apple keynotes for Christmas quarter.

  • guest

    Any news on a competitor from MS? They paid a lot of money for TellMe, and it used to be leader in this area.

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