Hey Siri, open Google Assistant
As expected, Google Assistant finally makes it way to iPhones.
Google launched its AI Voice assistant at Google I/O last year. Initially it debuted as a part of Google’s messaging application Allo and was first baked in a smartphone when the Pixel phones were launched.
The assistant is already available on more than 100 million devices and starting today, it’ll also be available on iPhones through an application.
There is a caveat though; it will only run on iPhones running iOS 9.1 and above. There are functional red flags too. According to Google, Assistant won’t be able to work exactly like it does on Android devices due to API restrictions. So it will be restricted to general stuff like sending messages and playing music which is, honestly, a let-down.
Apart from announcing availability on iPhones Google Assistant also gets a slew of other features that will make it even more functional and useful, starting today.
Google Assistant will now be able to make calls via Google Home (In US & Canada for now) without any setup or additional application. Google Assistant will now also be able to show visual responses to search queries via Chromecast. Starting today, one can also type to Google Assistant on phones, which Google believes is an important aspect of communicating and building meaningful conversations with the assistant.
In the coming months Google will also add ‘Google Lens’ to the Assistant through which assistant will help find information about surroundings and even take actions while in conversation. Google Lens will be a standalone app which will work in tandem with Assistant to give context-based information based on surroundings with the help of the phone’s camera.
Google also announced developer support to build conversational apps for Google Assistant on phones. So from now on, users will also be able to get answers from third party services. Assistant will be soon available on eligible Android phones in Brazilian Portuguese, French, German and Japanese, and by the end of the year in Italian, Korean and Spanish.
Check our full coverage of Google I/O 2017 here.