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iPhone users can search in style with Google’s gorgeous new Material Design update

Published Dec 11th, 2014 3:00PM EST

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Over the past few weeks, Google has been updating its apps with the highly anticipated Material Design interface that Android fans have been waiting for. Interestingly, iOS users are receiving the updates as well, which is the case again this week after the latest update for the official Google app on iPhone and iPad.

READ MORE: Google just completely overhauled the design of its YouTube app and it looks stunning

The latest version of the app features a navigation bar that should look eerily familiar to anyone who has used an Android device recently. The Google button is always visible on the navigation bar no matter where you are in the app, similar to another popular iOS app: Shazam.

The updated app also features larger photos in search results and implants Street View directly within the app, so you don’t have to jump back and forth between Google Maps.

The Google app is free to download, so even if you don’t plan on using it, it’s worth seeing how Material Design is being implemented on Apple’s devices.

The full list of changes follows below:

Completely rebuilt to bring you the best of Google:
• 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)

New look and feel:
• Beautiful new Material Design animations
• Bigger photos in image search
• Looks great on the new iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.


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