Famously the iPhone comes with Siri, Apple's own digital assistant which may make you wonder why you'd want Google Assistant. Though Siri is built into iOS 10, Google Assistant can handle more complicated tasks and questions than Siri and do so in a very conversational style. The Google Assistant app even comes with a nifty iOS widget for quick access.
Here are some things Assistant can do on your iPhone:
- Make quick phone calls
- Type or ask Google Assistant queries
- Use Google Maps instead of Apple Maps
- Send emails, SMS and iMessages
- Set reminders and calendar events
- Play music
- Ask it pretty much anything you'd search on Google
- Interact with it like you're having a conversation: "Will I need an umbrella today?"
And here are some things Assistant can't do on the iPhone:
- Can't be accessed from the home button
- Saying, "OK, Google" won't work
- Assistant can't set alarms
This is a win-win for iPhone users. You can now choose between using Siri, Google Assistant and (through the Amazon app). The iOS Google Assistant app is available now for download from the App Store. Just a heads up, the app takes up 256 megabytes and works only on iOS 9.1 and higher.
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