Google has released a new search app update for iOS, adding trending searches and instant answers.  This was noticed by TechCrunch on September 1.  With this update, it replicates the previously introduced Android feature, which apparently resulted in an outcry, which caused Google to enable an opt-out.

In the “what’s new” discussion in the iOS App Store, Google says:

  • See searches that are trending around you when you tap on the search box to start a search
  • Get instant answers to your questions as you type them, before you even complete the search. Try it out by typing for “goog stock” or “how tall is the eiffel tower” and see the answer show up in the suggestions below the search box
  • Easily give feedback on any suggestions you see while typing — just swipe left and tap on the “info” icon

Here’s what it looks like:

Source – Search Engine Land

It seems that the trending searches are national instead of to a specific location.  The data appear to be Knowledge Graph data, but it’s not consistent, or as rich as the Google Answer Box.

Even though Apple does offer a somewhat richer version of instant answers with their Spotlight Search on Safari, there isn’t any trending data.

Source – Search Engine Land

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