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Feeling curious? 3D Touch the updated Google app's icon now

Feeling curious? 3D Touch the updated Google app's icon now

February 2, 2016

Google has just released a small but nonetheless notable update to its flagship mobile search app for iOS that’s sure to satisfy the curiosity of trivia junkies — or at least those who own Apple’s latest iPhones.

I’m Feeling Curious

In December, the Google app was updated with support for 3D Touch, Apple’s pressure-sensitive multitouch technology currently available only on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. As a result, the app began allowing iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users to press on its icon on the home screen to bring up three quick shortcuts for text search, voice search, and image search.

Google I'm Feeling Curious 3D Touch

Apple allows an app to have up to four 3D Touch shortcuts or Quick Actions. And now, as shown in the screenshot above, Google has come up with a fourth shortcut for “I’m Feeling Curious.”

When selected, “I’m Feeling Curious” goes directly to a search results page for that phrase, with the top result being a random fun fact, like the ones in the screenshots below.

If you don’t have a 3D Touch-enabled device but still want to expand your trivia knowledge with Google’s serving of random fun facts, you can just open the app and type “I’m feeling curious” yourself. “I’m feeling curious” actually began on the Web as a variation of Google’s trademark “I’m feeling lucky” in September.

Google I'm Feeling Curious results

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The latest update to Google for iOS also delivers the usual round of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Google for iOS is available on the App Store for free. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 8.0 or later.

If you’re using a device running on iOS 9, you can also tap the Google logo in the app’s main screen to see some fun animations.

The release of the app’s latest update coincides with Google’s surpassing Apple as the most valuable company in the world by market capitalization, thanks to a blockbuster 2015 fourth quarter reported by its recently formed parent holding company, Alphabet.

See also: Real-time commenting comes to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for iOS, Google Keep note-taking app updated with support for Spotlight and 3D Touch, and Google’s AdWords online advertising service now has an official iOS app.

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