Google Assistant could be coming to iOS soon

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Google is planning to bring its fancy new Assistant to iOS,
according to a new report.

The virtual
assistant will be available inside a standalone app, and a
“trusted source” claims it will arrive soon.


Unveiled at Google I/O last year
, the Google Assistant
is baked into Android 7.0 Nougat and available inside the
Google Home speaker. It’s a more conversational and more
functional upgrade to Google Now, and it’s a lot more
flexible than Siri.


Late last
month, Google released a new SDK that gives even more
developers the ability to make their services compatible with
the Assistant. Now the company is said to be planning to expand
its reach to iOS with a standalone app.


“According to a trusted source, Google
plans to announce that the Google Assistant will be launching
on iOS soon,” reports Android
Police
“The announcement could come as soon as
Google’s I/O conference this week, but it’s unclear exactly
what Google’s plans are at this time.”

It’s
thought the app will offer the ability to interact with the
Assistant using your voice, as well as by text — in the same
way you can chat via instant message using the Allo app on
Android. It’s also said that it will only be available in the
U.S. at first, but details are still “scant” at the moment.


As the
battle between virtual assistants hots up, expanding to new
platforms is one way for Google to boost its user base.
Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa are all available on
third-party platforms and devices, leaving only Siri and
Samsung’s new Bixby tied to one ecosystem.