Google’s Siri competitor just launched on the iPhone.
Google Assistant just launched for the iPhone.
It’s smarter than Siri thanks to machine learning capabilities.
You can ask it anything from the weather to sports scores or how to say something in another language.
Google Assistant can even sing.
Google Assistant, Google’s take on Siri, just launched for the iPhone. You can download it right here.
Google’s Assistant is finally ready to take on Siri on Apple’s own turf: the iPhone. Yes, you could already play around with the AI-powered chatbot if you downloaded Allo — Google’s mobile-only messenger app — but its functionality was limited. Today, that changes thanks to a new standalone Google Assistant app available on Apple’s App Store (though it’s US-only for now). Eager to check it out, we downloaded it right away and spent some time commanding our Google-branded phone butler around. After a few hours, I’ll say that while I find Google Assistant a lot friendlier and smarter than Siri, it doesn’t quite replace it. At least, not yet.
Assistant, as folks with Android phones already know, is much smarter than Siri. You can use it to ask you how to say something in another language, to play music through most music apps (not just Apple Music), to play movies on your TV’s Chromecast and more. Also, unlike Siri, you can even type in your queries, in case you don’t want to speak out in public.
As you might expect, when you first launch Google Assistant on the iPhone, it asks you to log in with your Google account. After you do, it introduces itself to you and invites you to ask it anything you wish. Press the microphone icon at the center to offer a voice command, or if you’d rather not disturb the people around you, you can hit the keyboard icon to type your query.
Google Assistant is great, but there’s still one function where Siri wins: You can’t simply say “Ok Google” to open it. Instead, you’ll need to manually launch the app each time you want to run it. That may make it hard for Google to convert iPhone users over, even if it is better.
Let’s take a look at some of the many functions you can do already. Keep in mind that many more, including the ability to identify objects spotted by your camera, will launch in the coming months.
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?”)
And here are some things Assistant can’t do on the iPhone:
Can’t be accessed from the home button
Saying, “OK, Google” won’t work
Assistant can’t set alarms.
This is a win-win for iPhone users. You can now choose between using Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa (through the Amazon app). The iOS Google Assistant app is available now for download from the App Store. Just a heads up, the app takes up 256 megabytes and works only on iOS 9.1 and higher.
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