Google's super-smart Assistant lands on the iPhone!


Google I/O's opening keynote is ongoing and we have just gotten some exciting news about Google Assistant. Naturally, Google has been improving the AI over the past year, making it more context-oriented and more conversational, so that the user can naturally interact with it. Now, a large group of users, previously barred from using the Assistant will get access to it.

It is now available for iOS! You can talk to it through the Google app, but for a complete Assistant experience, you can download its dedicated app. In the latter, you can not only speak to the assistant, but also use the keyboard for a more discrete way of inputting requests. The app itself is designed around controlling your smart home and IoT stuff, and carries an integration with Google Home, of course.

Keep in mind that iOS is still a pretty locked operating system. You won't be able to activate the Assistant from outside the app — Siri is still the one that dominates that feature. The only way to interact with the Google Assistant is with your phone awake and the Google app open.

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11 Comments

1. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

The ok Google to trigger the mic has always been there.

4. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

But you have to open the app first to speak to trigger.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The beautiful thing about ios is that everything juicy on android will eventually land on ios. Lmao!

5. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Because sharing is caring.. take note Apple *Cough Cough iMessage

6. toukale

Posts: 631; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Because that's where the users with the most buying powers are. Since google is an ad company and advertisers pay more for access to iOS users, they would be negligent to not support iOS as well as they do. They are not doing this for the goodness of their heart, it's all about the bottom line as always.

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Why on earth would you want that manure on your phone?

7. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Are sheep like you still using crappy maps? Are you going to dump Siri for the better assistant now? Do it! The more sheep that stop using Apple services the sooner Apple loses their control and the sooner you sheep will pay the proper pricing for iPhones. Instead of massively overpaying them like you sheep are doing now. Baaa.

3. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

What a major improvement to the lamer than lame Siri

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

"There is no extra app to look for, so don't let that confuse you. All you need is the regular Google app from the App Store." There is a standalone app, but you won't find it at the moment by typing in Google Assistant. You have to find it through the list of all the apps made Google, Inc. "Currently, you can only talk to it." You can type in the Google Assistant standalone app on iOS right now.

10. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Umm Google assistant is another app...The Google Assistant -- get help anytime, anywhere by Google, Inc.https://appsto.re/us/r4PXib.i

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

That's one benefit of iOS....there is only one assistant allowed. Samsung has Bixby and Google Assistant. HTC has ~3 on their U flagship. It's fine to have choices, but it seems the non Google ones (on android) aren't really worth using, yet they are being pushed hard by their creators.

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