Google is known primarily for its search engine and email service, but the company also has a great deal more to offer. Google for iOS is a redesigned version of the Google Mobile App that provides access to not only web searches but also Google Docs, Calendar, Read, Photos, Talk and much more.
Anyone who has used the previous app is in for a pleasant surprise as Google includes a new interface and enhanced search options. As well as being able to search using text, it is also possible to perform voice and searches based on photographs. Once search results are displayed, swipe to the right to view a list of options that will let your refine your search results.
The Google "Goggles" tool is what makes it possible to search for images using your camera, and this can be used in a variety of ways including photographing barcodes to find prices, or scan book covers to find out more about a particular title. A downward swipe at the top of search results is all it takes to start a new search or access other Google web apps.
The list of web apps that can be accessed from Google is extensive – some 13 titles in all. Should you find that you are not making use of all of them, unwanted shortcuts can be easily removed, and the remaining items can be re-arranged to suit your needs.
What's new in v5:
• Recents—see & return to your recently visited pages
• Google button—start a new search with just one tap
• Google Maps—explore interactive maps, nearby places & Street View right inside the app (for iPhone)
• Beautiful new Material Design animations
• Bigger photos in image search
• Looks great on the new iPhone 6 & 6 Plus