Google has just rolled out a major update to its mobile search app for iOS, and my Android smartphone is getting kind of jealous of my iPod touch. The coolest new feature is the ability to swipe from left to right to bring up a list of different types of searches in the sidebar. That way you can narrow your search by places, images, news, shopping, videos, or other filters.
You can enter search terms using an on-screen keyboard, or tap the mic icon to search by voice. You can also tap the camera button to shoot a picture and use the Google Goggles visual search tool.
The new Google Search app replaces the old Google Mobile App for iPhone and iPod touch. But you can still access Google’s non-search services by tapping the “Apps” button on the home screen to bring up a list of other sites including Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Reader. These are just bookmarks to sites which open in the Safari web browser, but it’s nice to have them all in one place.
Google Search for iOS is available as a [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-search/id284815942?mt=8&uo=4″ title=”free download from the App Store” text=”free download from the App Store”].