Tuesday March 13, 2018 6:47 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
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. 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.