So it looks like after some speculation (and a lot of people asking for it), Google Assistant is finally on iPhone. Watch out, Siri.
Google made the announcement today at their annual Google I/O conference. The assistant is rolling out as a separate app, instead of a built-in option in the current Google app (so there’s yet another app on your home screen). According to the description on the App Store, here’s some of the things you can do with Google Assistant on iPhone:
• Make quick phone calls (e.g. “Call Mom”)
• Send text messages (e.g. Text Life Manager”)
• Send emails (e.g. “Email my boss the latest TPS report”)
• Set reminders (e.g. “Remind me to tickle Laura”)
• Set calendar events (e.g. “Set a calendar event for dinner tomorrow with Brad from 5-7”)
• Play music (e.g. “Play Garfunkle and Oats on YouTube”)
• Navigate to places (e.g. “Get me directions home”)
You can also ask it anything for more general information, like “Will I need an umbrella today?” As great as it is to have Google Assistant on iPhone, Apple users won’t enjoy the same capabilities as Android users, thanks to API restrictions. And you can’t set the Home button to access Google Assistant (no surprise, there) as that’s still reserved for Siri, only. With that said, it’s still an amazing AI assistant, and I recommend you try it out.
You can find Google Assistant in the App Store by clicking here.
And check out this great video of how it works from Dieter Bohn and The Verge