Google Now is available on many more Apple devices than its native Android. The glamorous personal assistant can be installed on two and a half times as many devices running iOS than are using Google's mobile operating system, Search Engine Land has calculated.
All Apple devices running iOS 5 or higher can run Now -- that's 95 per cent of all iPhones, iPod touches, iPads and iPad minis. Google's personal assistant is only available on devices running Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean, a mere 28.4 per cent of all Android devices, it revealed today.
This is only around 213 million of all 750 million Android devices worldwide, a small fraction overall, especially when compared to the roughly 475 million iOS gadgets that are capable of using Google Now.
Google may have shot itself in the foot by only having Now run on very recent versions of Android. Providing support for Now on Ice Cream Sandwich, which runs on 27.5 per cent of its devices, would nearly double Now's presence on robot-powered gadgets. That being said, the portion of users on Jelly Bean is growing quickly, with a 3.4 per cent increase in the past month.
There are a few differences in the Now experience on the two platforms. Android users have a handful of extra cards at their disposal, as well as the handy 'swipe up anywhere' motion to bring it up. iOS can't sync in the background to provide you with information either.
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