iPhone users can now install the voice-enabled Google Assistant for iOS

rumors came true
: iPhone users will soon be able to tap
into the increasingly powerful Google Assistant.

Google announced during its I/O developer conference that its
voice-enabled Assistant is coming iOS. The Google Assistant app
is able to surface information from Gmail, find videos on
YouTube, and perform Google searches. In addition, it’s
compatible with a bevy of third-party services so you can even
get lunch delivered from Panera. Google Assistant for iOS can
installed from the App Store now

“People sometimes ask if the Assistant is just a new way to
search,” Scott Huffman, the VP of engineering for the
Assistant, said during the I/O keynote. “But beyond finding
information users are also asking the Assistant to do all sorts
of things for them.”

Third-party developers can create custom Actions for the Google
Assistant, so that it goes beyond simply tapping into your
Google apps on your phone. These Actions will
now include controlling connected devices
in your
house. Google first launched the Assistant as a built-in
feature of its Pixel phones, and soon expanded its reach to all
Android devices. 

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Google Assistant on Android

During I/O, Google also announced that the Assistant will also
be available in several new languages, including French,
German, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese. Google says that
Italian, Spanish, and Korean will be added to that list by the
end of the year.

Why this matters: The Google Assistant for iOS
sure sounds like a better voice-enabled assistant. Sorry, Siri.
The Assistant is better at understanding conversational queries
and contextualizing these requests based on previous
information. For example, both Siri and the Assistant know who
Amazon’s CEO is (Jeff Bezos), but if you ask them a followup
questions, like how much he’s worth, the Assistant will surface
a more appropriate answer.

Siri still has a lot of advantages for iPhone users, however,
including easy access via the Home button and “Hey Siri”
hands-free activation. Plus, Apple is
slowly opening up Siri to third-party services
as well. But
it’s being very meticulous about rolling out these type of
integrations for the sake of user privacy and security. Which I
guess we should be thankful for. Regardless, Apple will
certainly feel more pressure to improve Siri now that iPhone
users will get to experience the robust capabilities of the

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