Google Now for iOS video leaks, gets yanked from YouTube
A video indicating Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) will expand its Now personal assistant service to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS surfaced briefly Tuesday on YouTube before disappearing from the site soon after, Engadget reports.
Google Now, launched in mid-2012 in association with the Android 4.1 mobile operating system update, presents a series of cards containing information on local weather, traffic, events and nightlife, each automatically generated in relation to a user's location and the time of day. The YouTube clip--produced in the signature Google style and featuring the same voiceover actress who narrated the company's original Google Now for Android video--reveals Google will soon integrate Now functionality into its popular Search app for iPhone and iPad, promising users more efficient access to personalized information.
TechCrunch reports Google also appears poised to expand the service to its own Chrome desktop browser as well as Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows. Google has not yet responded to requests for comment.
Google's mobile search business hinges on traffic from iOS devices: Based on figures provided in its patent and copyright infringement battle with Oracle as well as remarks from Google CEO Larry Page, insiders believe the iOS platform generates about 80 percent of Google's mobile advertising revenues. Google pays roughly $1 billion per year to remain the default search option on devices like the iPhone and iPad, according to analyst estimates.
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