2017 iPhone users can select Google Assistant as their default assistant replacing Siri?

A report published the other day claims that Apple and Google are working together on a way to allow iPhone users to select Google Assistant as their default virtual assistant, replacing Siri in that capacity. The way Google Assistant currently works on iOS is that the app is opened up like any other third party app,. The user then requests the information that he/she is seeking from Google Assistant, and then closes the app when done...
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103 Comments

102. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You're starting to be delusional if you think I give a rats ass on what you think and what you think your twisted logic exposed.

103. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Lol lol lol. You care. That is why you still respond. You big mad now because I expose so much about you. Maybe you turn green and rip your clothes now.

89. HereForTheComments unregistered

One thing I don't like with "Ok Google" is you have to wait for the "beep" in order to give it a command, with Siri I don't have to pause. But Google Assistant is so much better at searching the web for info. Both understand me perfectly well. Both have similar (but small) fail rate of either not understanding, or just failing to complete a search or task. I think both voice assistance are incredible for their own strength and how far they've come. If Siri is put against Google for searching the web (which is what nearly all tests do) Google is strong, but I don't see any comparisons other than making searches for "who was the 4th president?". I want to see comparisons with third party app integration, understanding and setup of geo-fencing protocols/reminders, tracking people, buying items either online or in their respective app/music stores. Pulling and understanding data from native and 3rd party cloud services, as well as e-mails, texts, and corresponding 3rd party apps. Home and Car Automation. Ability to manually customize and edit what they should know. And obviously, understanding natural speech using variable commands for same task. Soon, I want to just ask "what's on my checking account" Just wanted to throw that out there, if anyone got any links for tests like these - I would greatly appreciate it. I'm tired of "Siri Destroys Google Now" tests when it's half a second faster or vise-versa - I don't mind asking again, if it didn't understand it the first time - I understand the technology behind these things and how awesome the background tech to each VA is like. Regarding other Voice Assistants: Cortana, Alexa, Bixby, etc. - not interested, I prefer the integration of the default assistant with my device and ecosystem, and so far the only devices I'm interested in are Pixel (or which ever device is the most stripped down Android OS at the time) and Apple. Others fail to catch my interest. TLDR: Most comparisons are for searching for info on the web - Google wins that over Apple. What about the rest of their capabilities?

56. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"You're missing the context of our dialog ;)" Not sure where you're going with this...

58. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

He just wants to annoy people by asking vague questions. Asks to explain common sense, questions upon questions. Next he'll ask why does universe exist, why is fire hot, what is love etc.

46. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

BS. Siri has to be the worst for context. Cortana is better than Siri for context aware. Even Alexa is more context aware than Siri. Siri can't remember one spoken sentence from one to another. It's total crap. Leo_Mc likes to make crap up because his beloved Apple Siri's honor has been hurt.

49. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

For me, every personal assistant is crap, because neither supports my native language, hence I can't use either to dictate text messages while driving or listen to text messages I receive.

35. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nope, Mxy's playing the "I'm the biggest hypocrite in this site" card.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And the obsession with me (and extreme butthurt) continue. I didn't say it was a bad thing, but in your mind someone attacked Apple and you need to swoop in to defend them with deflection. Now quick, log into your Batmite account and upvote yourself.

61. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You mean the Bixby button app that's been in the play store since launch that keys you remap Bixby to Google assistant

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great news if true, not cause Siri sucks, but for choice.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Choice is best. It would be a great move, but I'll have to see it to believe it.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed.

31. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

Wife is going to love this if this happens. She still says "ok google" occasionally at her iphone LOL

6. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Spoon feeding the sheeple. Here sheep, you can default one app. Next release, msybe 2. Android? Endless defsult apps.

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Techie the stupid......

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, Thank you, Mr. Obvious. +1

36. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No sh*t, Sherlock.

7. aegislash

Posts: 1496; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

This is great news, and if true...it'll be quite pathetic of Samsung to have disabled Bixby's original Bixby remapping hack, considering Android devices are supposed to be so *open*.

10. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Funny because i just said that up above.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, you have Samsung which is trying to build its mobile empire on top of Android. They have the luxury of having the largest cut of the Android pie, so they can start making restrictive changes to slowly change the ecosystem to progressively cut Google out of the equation. Just one of the reasons why I'm not fond of Samsung.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You need to learn what open source means.

45. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Exactly, I was thinking the same.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hmm... I'll believe it when I see it. This is the same company that locks down default apps to prevent people from using alternatives to Apple Maps and Safari. Not criticizing Apple, it's just that history is kinda against them on this matter.

16. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I doubt that apple ever allow this to happen. Is not their way.

23. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Not happening. Apple is makes a living off the benefits of having a closed ecosystem. They won't jeopardize doing this.

24. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

The only things that Apple should let be default are the things where they can't really win. Like Google as the search engine. They should actually dual boot windows 10 too. If Mac OS is really better, most will jump ship. Ie buy a mac book because they are used to windows. Switch to Mac OS for fun, realize it's better and bam. Windows is gone. I somehow doubt Mac OS is actually better though. It's like IOS vs Android. Someone will need the flexibility and be forced to use Windows.

27. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I sure hope you're joking. Where have you been the last 11 years? https://support.apple.com/boot-camp

47. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I know about that but it's not dual boot included. You have to install it and it's not 100% compatible. Like how the Ativ Q was straight out both windows and Android without any annoying installations.

25. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

The likelihood of this happening is like a life-sentence inmate accidentally being released from a maximum security prison. Don't pass go, I'm afraid bubba willie will be keeping his sally boy...
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