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Google Assistant is ready for the iPhone

May 17th, 2017 at 1:32 PM
Google Assistant iPhone App

Google Lens was the first cool new thing coming out from this year’s I/O edition, but it’s hardly the last. Google just unveiled its progress with Google Assistant, the AI voice assistant the company introduced last year and revealed what’s next for Google’s next big bets for search. And yes, the iPhone is included in Google’s next Assistant plans, just as we heard a few days ago.

Google Assistant is available on 100 million Android devices, but Google is not going to stop there. The company wants to offer better voice-based features to users, and transform the Assistant into a tool that’s even more conversational than before.

The company confirmed that an iPhone Assistant app is going to be available to users, but don’t be surprised if you won’t find on iOS all the features that you might encounter on Android.

Certain API restrictions will make some Assistant features impossible. After all, this is going to be a third-party voice app launching on a device that comes with a built-in voice assistant.

Users will be able to issue various commands to Google Assistant on iPhone, such as sending messages, playing songs, and basically anything else that doesn’t interfere with defaults. That also means you won’t get to set alarms using the Assistant, and you won’t be able to activate it via the iPhone’s home button.

Google did not say when Assistant for iPhone will launch, and whether it’ll be included in the existing Google app for iPhone or ship as a standalone application.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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