Google implies Assistant could eventually come to iPhone

Google implies Assistant could eventually come to iPhone
Today is Google Assistant day (sort of)! As we knew was coming, Google announced that today will begin the official rollout of the Google Assistant to Android phones running Marshmallow or higher, and there was a small tweak to Assistant in Allo. But, interestingly, a Google exec implied that the Google Assistant could eventually make its way to the iPhone.

It turns out that Gummi Hafsteinsson, product management director at Google, was talking to journalists at MWC in Barcelona this week and left open the possibility of bringing the Assistant to the iPhone. According to Hafsteinsson, while there are no plans to bring the Assistant to the iPhone, Google's general philosophy is "to have the Assistant available to as many people as possible."

This makes plenty of sense given that we've already seen Google Assistant expand from just Pixel phones and the Google Home to Android Wear, Android TV, and now all Android devices running version 6.0 or higher. There has also been word that the Assistant will come to Android Auto as well. 

Of course, Google Assistant already exists in a limited form on iOS in the Allo app, but we're guessing Google will think about adding the functionality to the official Google app on iOS as well so users can talk to the Assistant if they want. Apple won't allow deep integration for the Assistant, but it could certainly still work through the Google app for most things. 

source: Geekster (translated) via AppleInsider

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15 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That would be sweet....

2. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yeah but not native OS implementation, kind of s**t to have to click on the app to use it, would be nice if default apps can be set cough cough

12. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

its fully replace the google now so when you say ok google its the assistant thats respond i got the update this morning.

14. mikehunta727 unregistered

Are you talking about iOS or Android here?

3. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

they don't deserve it.

4. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Yes they do. IPhone users need to see the difference between Apple's approach of "privacy" and Google's more open method in the functions of their respective Assisstant AIs.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

If you think Google's approach to privacy (which is basically "Privacy? What's that?") is better than Apple's, more power to you. I'd rather not have my business in the streets...Or the web.

8. mikehunta727 unregistered

iPhone users enjoy a better privacy policy compared to Google users actually, its the opposite way. Assistant is obviously better but noticeably more intrusive with your data. It's pretty simple actually, you give up more of your privacy and data for better more personalized services Google's policy also is that they keep your data forever, even if you delete it, just after a certain point your data becomes anonymous to Google and they can't "identify you" Up to users what they want, Google does offer better more in depth personalized services at expense of less privacy and vice versa I.e for instance also, on Android, some apps from Play Store won't work properly unless you enable every permission like camera, microphone, etc. This issue isn't present on iOS development

10. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Other than Google's and OEM's apps, what apps doesn't work if you don't enable every permission? No trolling, honest question.

13. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Beside when a app need it to work ( like a camera app need a camera ) i am yet to find an app thats wont work if i block permission. Several games wanted my contact and i blocked it and its still work. One game refused to let me access to the ingame app purchase because i refused to allow my localisation ( wich make sense as my localisation will give me the right pricing for the in app purchase )

15. mikehunta727 unregistered

That's because most apps nowadays have been updated to at least Marshmallow API level which includes proper support for app permission. Back when Marshmallow launched and many apps weren't updated to Marshmallow API level caused incompatibility issues in good amount of apps

9. mikehunta727 unregistered

"They don't deserve it" Well in Google's eyes, it's a trove of data for them to scour and monopolize and put into their machine learning systems. Google actually makes more money off iOS then they do with their own OS too so the choice is logical and simple for Google.

5. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I wouldn't give them it. For how awkward they are with eg Samsung pay

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because Google totally wants people to use Samsung Pay./S They also don't want to make any money, so Android only it is./SS

11. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I've been using the Google Assistant on iOS via Allo for weeks, even before most Android phones got it.

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