Google Assistant has officially arrived on the iPhone and users can download it right now as a free download.
Previously only available on Android phones and through the Google Home smart speaker, Assistant now directly rivals Apple’s Siri as the go-to digital agent for iOS users. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana are also featured on iOS.
Google will the following languages available soon on Assistant: French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese, whileItalian, Spanish and Korean will be added later. iPhone users need to run iOS 9.1 or later version in order to install it.
Here is the official description from the App Store:
Whether you need a reminder to pick up milk, help finding your travel photos or need to make a dinner reservation, your Assistant is ready to help. To get started, press the mic icon or start typing.
Some things your Assistant can help with:
– Make quick phone calls (e.g. “Call Mom.”)
– Send text messages (e.g. “Text my bestie.”)
– Send emails (e.g. “Email your boss the latest TPS report.”)
– Set reminders (e.g. “Remind me to buy a birthday gift for Sarah.”)
– Set calendar events (e.g. “Set a calendar event for dinner with Charlie tomorrow from 7-9.”)
– Play music (e.g. “Play Jazz music on Youtube.”)
– Navigate to places (e.g. “Get me directions home.”)
– Ask it anything (e.g. “Will I need an umbrella today?”)
The search engine company’s voice-powered assistant has already garnered positive reviews from a few iPhone users who were eager to try Google’s offering.
With Google Assistant on iOS, Google entered Apple’s territory that’s been up for grabs for some time. Even though Google personal assistant entered the voice-powered assistant scene long after Apple’ Siri did, many believe it is a far better product. With Siri, Apple was first out of the gate when it launched the product in beta back in 2011. Many Apple users argue that Siri is still in beta, due to numerous problems while trying to use it, but perhaps more because of Apple inert strategy with Siri.
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