Google Now is available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. That\u2019s great news. Some Android smartphones still don\u2019t have this cool feature, but unfortunately the iOS version isn\u2019t as fully featured as its Android counterpart.\n\tOn Monday, Google released version 3.0 of its free Google Search\u00a0app for iOS. The search app offers text-based and voice search, and it can answer some Siri-like questions such as "What is the weather forecast for New York City?"\n\tBut Google Search 3.0\u2019s killer feature is Google Now, a location-based predictive search tool and information assistant. Based on your prior Google searches and your current location, Google Now serves up information, using algorithms, that it thinks you'll find relevant, helpful, interesting and\/or timely.\n\tWithin the Google Search iOS app, Google Now displays "cards" that are essentially live widgets. The cards display the current weather, your next calendar appointment, sports updates from your favorite teams, stock quotes and more. You can customize some cards and add the sports teams you follow to the Sports card, for example. Others, such as the News Updates card, aren\u2019t customizable. There are currently 15 Google Now card categories in the Google Search iOS app.\n\tYou don\u2019t have to do anything to get the information except launch the Google Search app. (Unfortunately, Google Now still isn\u2019t available for devices with Android versions older than Jelly Bean 4.1, of which there are plenty, including my Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T.)\n\tGoogle Now on iOS lacks a few cards that are available in the\u00a0Android version, such as airline boarding passes and concert tickets. Apple\u2019s Passbook app already serves those up, though.\n\tGoogle Now's traffic card is particularly helpful. If you enter your office address in the Google Now settings, Google Search automatically tells you the current commute time from your home. And a related traffic widget provides driving directions. (The app knows your home address as long as you\u2019ve signed into your Google account and saved it there.)\n\tFlying overseas? Google Now automatically serves up flight alerts based on airline confirmation emails. After you land, Google Now pops up cards for currency conversion, language translation, nearby attractions and your home city\u2019s current time.\n\tGoogle\u2019s motto is "don\u2019t be evil." Still, if you want to use Google Search and Google Now, you should be comfortable with the search engine giant gathering even more info about you. As the saying goes, "If you don\u2019t pay for the product, you are the product."