Osito for iPhone: can this minimalist Google Now clone make a splash before the real thing?


There is no shortage of Google Now clones for iPhone, but none of them successfully emulate Google’s concise and tasteful representation of data. Tempo focuses too much on being a “smart” calendar, cluttering your screen with email attachments related to your events, while Grokr soils results with restaurant recommendations. Osito, a free app launching today for iPhone, wants to do the opposite: provide you with only the most essential information like flight status, traffic updates, and an address for your hotel when your flight lands. Like Google Now, Osito plugs into your location, calendar, and Gmail to provide alerts and updates — all within familiar design sensibilities iOS users have been clamoring for.

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