Like rivals Siri, Alexa, and Cortana, Google Assistant is a digital assistant that can set reminders, schedule calendar appointments, answer questions, and provide other information through machine learning techniques.
Apple only allows third-party assistants to function within their apps, however, limiting their usefulness versus Siri on iPhone and iPad. For example, Google Assistant can't be invoked with a voice command when an iOS device is locked.
Nevertheless, iPad users now have one more option to choose from alongside Siri, Alexa, and Cortana. Google Assistant is free on the App Store.
Update: Google has shared a press release highlighting a few ways its assistant can be used around the house:
- Set the mood by having the Assistant "dim the lights"Google Assistant for iPad is currently available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish.
- Cast to your TV by asking the Assistant to "watch the latest news on the living room TV"
- Stay in touch by asking the Assistant to "video call mom" or "text Lauren"
- Keep up with your chores by asking the Assistant to "remind me to take out the recycling at 8 PM"