Google Assistant for iOS has been updated with native iPad support today. The design looks essentially the same as the iPhone version, but with an interface optimized for the larger 7.9-inch to 12.9-inch screen sizes of Apple's tablets.

google assistant ipad
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"
- 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"

Google Assistant for iPad is currently available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro
Related Forum: iPad

Top Rated Comments

HJM.NL Avatar
47 months ago
Nice to have a good assistant on the iPad. Lame Apple is limiting its functionality and not improving Siri.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
StellarVixen Avatar
47 months ago
Then why come to a site like MacRumors? A site that hosts all it's videos on Google owned YouTube?
Who am I to say MacRumors where to host their videos? They are free to do whatever they want. I am passionate opponent of Google for the reasons which are very good known to me, and I am not gonna force anyone to do anything. My opinion is my opinion, and do not wish to force it on anyone.

I have noticed that all of you Google apologists are using the same mantra, it is like someone installs this same code inside you, like you are all programmed in the same factory, so you go around and repeat: "Why do you do that, why do you this, if you (x) than why you (y)"... Do you realize that Google has taken pretty much monopoly over the great part of the Internet, and that whichever path you take, you will eventually reach one of the Google's services? Trying to totally avoid the Google in my life would be almost equal to stopping using the Internet at all".
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
StellarVixen Avatar
47 months ago
Google is tireless, it seems. All that data mining must be making Google's CPUs red hot...Google can also start providing central heating to the USA, giving how much waste heat their CPUs generate from all that tireless personal info processing. There you go, another "source of income". Don't worry, it will be free. You know, with Google, everything is "free" (if you don't read the fine print).
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WatchFromAfar Avatar
47 months ago
Google is tireless, it seems. All that data mining must be making Google's CPUs red hot...Google can also start providing central heating to the USA, giving how much waste heat their CPUs generate from all that tireless personal info processing. There you go, another "source of income". Don't worry, it will be free. You know, with Google, everything is "free" (if you don't read the fine print).
Then why come to a site like MacRumors? A site that hosts all it's videos on Google owned YouTube?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
barkomatic Avatar
47 months ago
Too bad Apple won't let it activate with a voice command without actually opening the app. If Apple isn't going to bother to improve Siri then they need to concede on this point. It used to be voice assistants were little more than a gimmick, but the good ones are actually getting useful. Siri sadly is still a gimmick with a pretty colorful image that undulates when spoken to.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarpalMac Avatar
47 months ago
I am passionate opponent of Google for the reasons which are very good known to me
So you're saying of this evil company that you don't and haven't ever made use of their many "free" services? Not to look at the location of a store on a map? No street or satellite viewing? Not even to search for an Apple rumor website?

So passionate apponent would surely never do such a thing.

Definite smell of double standards around here all of a sudden...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

studio buds family

Beats Studio Buds Debuting Today With Active Noise Cancellation, Stemless Design, and More for $150

Monday June 14, 2021 8:00 am PDT by
We've seen a lot of teasers about the Beats Studio Buds over the past month since they first showed up in Apple's beta software updates, and today they're finally official. The Beats Studio Buds are available to order today in red, white, and black ahead of a June 24 ship date, and they're priced at $149.99. The Studio Buds are the first Beats-branded earbuds to truly compete with AirPods...
youtube apple tv

YouTube Discontinuing 3rd-Generation Apple TV App, AirPlay Still Available

Wednesday February 3, 2021 3:09 pm PST by
YouTube is planning to stop supporting its YouTube app on the third-generation Apple TV models, where YouTube has long been available as a channel option. A 9to5Mac reader received a message about the upcoming app discontinuation, which is set to take place in March.Starting early March, the YouTube app will no longer be available on Apple TV (3rd generation). You can still watch YouTube on...
iPhone 13 Dummy Thumbnail 2

Kuo: iPhone 13 to Feature LEO Satellite Communications to Make Calls and Texts Without Cellular Coverage

Sunday August 29, 2021 7:39 am PDT by
The iPhone 13 will feature low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls and send messages in areas without 4G or 5G coverage, according to the reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Kuo explained that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature hardware that is able to connect to LEO satellites. If enabled with the relevant...
YouTube Picture in Picture Feature

YouTube Premium Subscribers Can Now Use iOS Picture-in-Picture: Here's How

Wednesday August 25, 2021 3:55 am PDT by
Google has rolled out picture-in-picture support as an "experimental" feature for YouTube premium subscribers, allowing them to watch video in a small window when the app is closed. If you're a premium YouTube subscriber looking to try out picture-in-picture, follow these steps: Launch a web browser and sign into your YouTube account at YouTube.com. Navigate to www.youtube.com/new. Scroll...
os x mountain lion macs 16x9 2

Apple Makes OS X Lion and Mountain Lion Free to Download

Wednesday June 30, 2021 12:19 pm PDT by
Apple recently dropped the $19.99 fee for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, making the older Mac updates free to download, reports Macworld. Apple has kept OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion available for customers who have machines limited to the older software, but until recently, Apple was charging $19.99 to get download codes for the updates. As of last week, these updates no...
tim cook spring loaded event

Gurman: Apple Planning Multiple Events for the Fall, M1X MacBook Pros to be Available by November

Sunday August 15, 2021 12:07 pm PDT by
Apple is planning to hold multiple events this fall, which will collectively include the launch of new iPhones, Apple Watches, updated AirPods, revamped iPad mini, and the redesigned MacBook Pros, according to respected Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman. In his latest weekly Power On newsletter, Gurman says that much like last year, Apple will hold multiple events this coming fall, with the...
apple screen time screen icons

Persistent Kids Finding Loopholes in Apple's Screen Time Limits

Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:44 am PDT by
Apple is currently engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with persistent kids looking to circumvent Screen Time restrictions, but the company has been receiving some criticism for not moving quickly enough to lock down some of the loopholes, reports The Washington Post. A few of the loopholes and ways for parents to shut them down are documented on the site Protect Young Eyes, while these and...
anker lightning cable mfi

Unwrap a New Apple Device? Stock Up on Extra Certified Lightning Cables for as Little as $6

Monday December 25, 2017 5:45 am PST by
If you unwrapped an Apple product today it likely came with one of the company's first-party Lightning cables, but having an extra on hand is always a good idea, so you can place it in other rooms in your house, in your car, or in a bag when you travel. For that reason, now's a good time to shop for third-party Lightning cables that are cheaper than Apple's own accessory, but still Made For...
personal hotspot 1

Apple Acknowledges Personal Hotspot Issues Affecting Some iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Users

Saturday March 21, 2020 10:04 am PDT by
In an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers this week, obtained by MacRumors, Apple has acknowledged that some iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 users may experience issues with Personal Hotspot. Apple has told Authorized Service Providers to expect customers who are unable to connect to a Personal Hotspot or experience frequent disconnection from one. Customers may also...
macos monterey safari beta 3

macOS Monterey Beta 3: Apple Redesigns Safari Tab Interface Following Complaints

Wednesday July 14, 2021 11:39 am PDT by
In the third developer beta of macOS Monterey, which came out this morning, Apple has overhauled the design of Safari, making the tab bar more similar to the current tab bar in macOS Big Sur. The prior Safari design did away with the dedicated URL and search interface, instead allowing any individual tab to be used for navigation input. Tabs were also all arranged at the top of the display...