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Sofiann McKerrell
2nd Feb, 2016

Google has recently added a new, cute feature to its iOS search app on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. From the 3D Touch support that was added in December comes a button called “I’m Feeling Curious”.

The new feature was added in the updated Version 12.0 of the Google iOS search app. When the new Quick Action is clicked, it will direct users to interesting and random trivia sourced from Wikipedia, such as answer to the questions: “Which is the longest word in English”, or “What time does the New York Stock Exchange open”?

To activate the new feature, simply hard press on the app icon on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus menu. The same process was used to activate the 3D Touch feature on the iOS search app.

Image of sample results of the new search feature, complete with the “Ask Another Question” button

When you tap the I’m Feeling Curious button, the app opens and displays random facts every time. Tap the blue button found below the search results to reveal a button to “Ask Another Question”.

Tap the Google icon at the bottom of the app’s interface and you will see a fun animation of Google’s revamped and playful logo.

The new app also comes with surprise features for iPhones running iOS 9. In addition to the fun animation on Google’s logo, you can also read the changelog of the search app in the App Store.

‘I’m Feeling Curious’ is the mobile equivalent of the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button featured on the web.

3D Touch support was added to the iOS version of Google’s search app December of last year, along with the multi-tasking support for the iPad.

When activated, which is done by hard pressing on the Google app icon on the home screen, 3D Touch would give users shortcuts to Quick Search, Voice Search, and Image Search. It returned more comprehensive information on local search, adding holiday hours and a graph that shows the busiest times for particular business. This allows users to better map out their itinerary to avoid the crowd and the long queue.

It also includes list of petrol prices based on information sourced from nearby filling stations.

The Google search app only works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 8.0 or later. It is only available to a limited number of languages, including English, Greek, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Russian.

The updated Version 12.0 of the iOS version of the Google search app also comes with stability improvements and bug fixes. The app does not have outward-facing user features.