After releasing the Google Assistant feature to the eligible Android Devices couple of months ago, Google announced at its I/O today that Google Assistant is arriving on the iOS devices. The company is launching the Google Assistant as a separate iOS app and is available in App store for you to download. Google’s Assistant requires iOS 9.1 or later and is compatible with both iPhone and iPad.
— Google (@Google) May 17, 2017
Google’s Assistant has third-party integrations that allows you to control your connected devices. Google’s Assistant will compete against Apple’s Siri directly, but it will have limited functionality and will not work so flawlessly as it does on Android phones because of the API restrictions on the iOS platform.
- When the screen is off, “OK Google” will not activate the device
- You can’t remap the Home button on the iPhone from Siri to Google Assistant, that means Siri will stay your primary digital assistant in the future.
- Google’s Assistant on iPhone will be able to do only basic stuff such as sending messages and playing music on Spotify.
But there are many things you can ask your Google Assistant to do. Some things your Assistant can help with:
– Make quick phone calls (e.g. “Call Mom.”)
– Send text messages (e.g. “Text my bestie.”)
– Send emails (e.g. “Email your boss the latest TPS report.”)
– Set reminders (e.g. “Remind me to buy a birthday gift for Sarah.”)
– Set calendar events (e.g. “Set a calendar event for dinner with Charlie tomorrow from 7-9.”)
– Play music (e.g. “Play Jazz music on Youtube.”)
– Navigate to places (e.g. “Get me directions home.”)
– Ask it anything (e.g. “Will I need an umbrella today?”)
You can download the Google Assistant on your iPhone from the link below: