Google uses Apple’s tools against it, makes Siri launch Google Assistant

Google uses Apple’s tools against it, makes Siri launch Google Assistant
One of the features Apple was most proud to present, when introducing iOS 12, was Siri Shortcuts. Shortcuts allow third-party apps to make use of Apple’s voice assistant by tying trigger phrases to certain functions within the app. Siri’s new capabilities were well accepted by developers and users alike, plenty of apps already have Shortcuts within them.

One Siri Shortcut Apple won’t be happy to see being used is the one that activates Google Assistant. The Shortcut became available with Google’s latest version of the Assistant app for iOS and it allows users to basically tell Siri to let Google’s counterpart do her job, The Verge noticed.

To do that, you have to record a phrase that will be used to launch Assistant, for example “Google, please!”. Then, you can say “Hey Siri, Google, please!” and continue with whatever questions or orders you have, all taken care of by Google Assistant. The situation is reminiscent of the way Internet Explorer is often used only so Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox can be downloaded on a computer.

We’re sure Google’s engineers worked tirelessly to add that functionality, after realizing it’s possible, but their efforts might be in vain. Knowing Apple, such blatant disregard of its own service in favor of a competitor’s one is not going to be accepted well. Soon we might see a change that somehow disables the feature, without Apple having to explain itself too much.

In many aspects Google Assistant is a lot more capable than Siri, for example, it’s better at speech recognition, making both understanding commands and writing text messages hands free easier. The quick way to activate the Assistant will be a welcomed addition for many users, so hopefully the feature will stick around.



1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Don’t want google apps and other data mining apps stored on my phone. One reason i chose iOS, stay away from free apps.

2. koioz unregistered

Nice joke dude. Safari's search engine is powered by google. If you don't believe me search it on google. Lmao

12. Fred3

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Even the iCloud is built on Google servers LOL

20. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

How about duckduckgo dude!

3. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You're lying to yourself if you believe Apple doesn't collect your data to. Free apps are fine if you stay away from the more obscured ones.

21. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

They collect but for machine learning, not to generate ads

4. koioz unregistered

Nah apple doesn't mine data. A 16 year old boy does, free of charge lmao.​m=1

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


5. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

All i can do here is LMFAO

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's funny how clueless some are when it comes to their data. Your data isn't magically safe on iOS. App developers are still taking what they need and if you're connected to a network you don't have privacy.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6916; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

He's blind. Needs guidance lol.

13. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Apple does mine data from it's users, quiet a lot of it, it's all in their terms of service if you can be bothered to read it all. The only difference is they won't admit what they do with it, although they have admited to sharing it with developers. I would bet my house that they have a full profile of every user as well as logging everything you do on your device.

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6916; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

When apple is done working on their mapping efforts, do you think they'll charge you for using it? And if not...why do you think that is? They're spending a ton of money developing something when there is already a superior alternative to use. Don't fool yourself dude...they're coming for your data. Or... continue fooling's good for a laugh lol.

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Well, just because fhere is a etter alternative, doesnt mean you cant be an option. I mean Windows is superior to OSX. Doesnt mean OSX needs to not be improved or be an alternative Apple collecta data in its apps and uses them ro make money. Apple makes money from Google for keeping search rhe default for Google. They make money off others who data mine. Its like Larry Ellison who hates Microsoft, yet is a stockholder.

19. JMartin22

Posts: 2415; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That’s all you do is troll. You never have anything productive or worthwhile to add to the conversation. They had banned many Android based trolls in the past. You and other Apple trolls should be among the ones held accountable as well.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You shoulda researched before typing that dude lol. Louis, and Fred3 are spot on correct.

6. iushnt

Posts: 3176; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Now a Days I get excited to see some funny comments from Peaceboy.

16. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Funny? That man is being serious in his posts. He definitely not trying to be funny. ;-)

14. palmguy

Posts: 988; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I wondered why Apple allowed that. It turns out they don't. ;-)

17. sirohunter

Posts: 222; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Knowing how Apple limits you with pretty much everything, I won't be surprised if the App is taken down until the feature is no longer there, smh. Otherwise pretty good job on discovering that one, would be trying it out definitely, I've read that the other assistants are way smarter than siri.

18. Vokilam

Posts: 1446; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

This isn’t really news. I have numerously used “Siri, google an image of _____.” It’s the same as “Siri, search bing for video of ________”; all before the shortcuts feature. The beauty here is that I can tell Siri which search engine to use - unlike google assistant that seems to only allow you to use google, and only google! Bing is better at image and video search and displayed content results are often closer to what you’re looking for. Anyways, I’m definitely gonna try this, I love Siri shortcuts - I have 8 set up already: my favorite is “text the guys” which opens a group message from my 4 closest friends and sends them a text message. I have one that sends the last image in my camera roll. I have one that I say “im coming home” which sends a text to my wife asking if she needs me to pick up any thing on the way home, and automatically plops my navigation from the area I’m in toward home (I work throughout the city). It also brings up my driving playlist from a Musi app. It’s still a bit confusing to set it up, most often I just download from the AppStore. But with some tinkering this is a huge feature.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Peaceboy...think McFly...think.

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