Google Is Bringing Google Assistant To iPhones
Fans of iOS will soon have an all-new choice in voice-activated functionality.
There was once a point in time when Siri, Apple's signature voice-activated assistant, was all the rage. Unfortunately for the company, Siri was soon surpassed by the likes of Google Assistant, the easy-to-use tool that came as standard with many Android devices. Google Assistant has come to be a very robust piece of software, with one of its only limitations being its tether to the Android platform itself. Well, that's changed, as Google announced at today's I/O developer conference that Google Assistant will soon be made available for iOS devices.
While this is excellent news, particularly for iPhone users, there is one obvious caveat: Google Assistant won't replace the iPhone's built-in Siri functionality. Long-pressing on the iPhone's home button won't launch Google Assistant, and users who wish to use Google's voice functionality will have to open the app the old-fashioned way. Also, although only for now, Google Assistant for iOS only works for English-language users.
With that said, Google Assistant does offer increased functionality over Siri, namely in terms of integration with other Google apps, as well as control over various third-party apps and smarthome devices, such as upcoming Google Assistant-enabled GE home appliances.
There's no precise word on when Google Assistant will be branching out to user's iPhones -- the app is currently unavailable in the App Store -- but a tweet from the official Google Twitter account promises that they're bringing Google Assistant to iPhones starting today.
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