Google launches updated search tool to rival Siri

Google has launched a new updated search app for iOS that will be available in the App Store with a voice recognition feature rivalling Apple's Siri.

The app will support the new iPhone 5 and is also optimised for the iPad. According to the firm, the new app consists of "fast and accurate voice recognition technology enabling Google to understand exactly what you're saying."

Google also claims the new search app gives a wide variety of answers due to the incorporation of its Knowledge Graphs, that it says "gives our search technology an understanding of people, places and things in the real world."

Early comparisons to Siri by publications like The Verge and Forbes have favoured Google's new search tool. The Verge described the new app as "bringing up search results significantly faster than using Siri for the same query" as well as having "a voice that is quite a bit more human-sounding than Siri".

Writing for Forbes online magazine, New York-based programmer and journalist Dan Nguyen said that Google's superior collection of data gives its search tool an advantage over Siri.

"I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that Google voice search is to Siri as Google Maps is to Apple Maps. While some might argue that Apple's data-weak, inaccurate maps are still more stylish, the Google search app is executed far more beautifully than Siri."

"That, plus the immense voice data that Google has been collecting, Google's search expertise makes it hard to see how Apple can even compete here," added Nguyen.

Although Google's search tool is available on iOS, it may still be convenient for Apple consumers to use Siri as Apple does not allow users to change default applications.