Google has released another update to its Google Search (Now) application on iOS devices.
According to Google, it contains "Location improvements & bug fixes" that apparently interlink with how Google Now was built into the existing Google Search application a month ago and, how it handles location updates. Following the release on iOS, Google Now was criticised by some users for its noticeable impact on battery life that was presumed to be a result of its frequent location updates.
Google have appeared to update its location-based protocol, which it maintains has never been a battery hog to begin with. Google included a note for all users in the release notes to remind users on how Google Now performs locations updates:
"First of all, Google Now doesn't require GPS. Instead, it receives passive updates from nearby cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots".
Google also revealed that the app pauses location updates at low battery levels or when there is no significant change in the users distance. Google Now will remain asleep until the user actually moves location.
Google also included notes detailing how the new version of Google Search for iOS includes support for a "healthy" new way to search. Google now lets you search for extensive nutritional information and presents the results in a layout that we are used to seeing.
Google elaborates on this new feature in a new post on the official Google Search blog:
From the basics of potatoes and carrots to more complex dishes like burritos and chow mein, you can simply ask, "How much protein is in a banana?" or "How many calories are in an avocado?" and get your answer right away. You'll hear the answer to your specific question, see relevant nutrition information under an expansion, and be able to switch to other related foods or serving sizes.
Initially, this feature works in English for over 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats, and meals. But Google is set to add more languages and foods over time.