iPhone users are now able to use an alternative to Siri after Google recently announced that its virtual assistant ‘Google Assistant ‘ has launched in the Apple App Store. The company announced the news at its I/O developer conference and also sent the following tweet out:
— Google (@Google) May 17, 2017
One thing to note is the fact that it’s not quite the same as the Assistant on Android phones. It can do a lot of the same tasks such as sending messages and emails, make calls and set reminders, but it cannot set alarms. Also, Google Assistant cannot be activated by saying “Ok Google”.
Unfortunately, the app is only available currently in the US, although you would imagine that other countries would be added sooner rather than later. You also need to be running iOS 9.1 and above.
It will be interesting to see if users prefer this to Siri, which has been around since 2011. Due to the fact that it’s Apple’s own AI system, it can be easily accessed by long pressing the home button, whereas Google Assistant is just an app – although it can be accessed as a widget when you swipe left on the home screen or lock screen. It has a more conversational interface and offers features that Siri doesn’t so it’ll be interesting to see how these two compete.