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This leaked video suggests Google Now is headed to your iDevice soon

Do you keep hearing about Google’s intelligent personal assistant app and sighing in frustration because you don’t own an Android running JellyBean? Well, it seems your first world problem may be over soon — a promo video allegedly posted by the Google team hints that Google Now is ready for release as an app iPhone and iPad.

The video, spotted by Engadget, reportedly briefly appeared on YouTube before being pulled from the service. It’s very closely based on the official Google Now promo video for the original Android app, featuring a similar overview of the app’s functionality and the same style of graphics and voice over artist used in the first video. If it’s a fake, it’s a good one — albeit in low resolution.

The video comes just weeks after Google Now co-creator Baris Gultekin confirmed the team’s commitment to users beyond the latest version of Android, saying that while the feature is only currently available on JellyBean (running on around 16.5% of Android devices worldwide) they “want to help [their] users wherever they are.”

References to the service have also been spotted in the latest release of Google’s Chrome OS and Windows browser, suggesting that Now could be headed to the desktop soon as well, although it’s not publicly available as yet.

Originally described as a competitor to Apple’s Siri, Google Now uses information from a user’s Google Accounts and location to autonomously offer informative cards displaying everything from alternative routes in traffic to flight reminders and transport delay updates and the weather. The “the first virtual assistant that truly anticipates your needs” was awarded Popular Science’s innovation of the year in 2012.

Author | Lauren Granger

Lauren Granger
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in... More

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