Google has launched the standalone Google Assistant app for iPhone users in India, UK, Germany, and France. While Google’s assistant will offer some quick help to iPhone users, Siri will still be the king of the hill.
The new app has been developed specifically for users running iOS version 9.1 and above. The app makes use of Google’s machine learning smarts for better and faster search results, but on iOS, the Assistant will have limited access to features and resources. The application is available through the iTunes store.
Compared to Android, Assistant for iOS will have no home key integration and will have limited use. Users can still make use of a very functional widget that comes with the app. iOS users can interact and use the Google AI for searching the web, making calls, looking up places, playing videos via YouTube, finding information from the device, interacting with smart home appliances, and so on.
Apple’s very own personal device based assistant, Siri, takes precedence on the iOS based devices. However, with support for the latest OS, Google has made sure that its very own voice based Assistant makes way to most devices with ease.
While Siri will give better user experience, the Google counterpart is a breath of fresh air. Also with deeper integration with Google’s services, the Assistant is likely to offer better results there.
It is and it will remain a third party application for iOS and there will always be limitations as to what it can do. So, if you have used the Assistant on Android, do not expect it to be the same on iOS as well. Apple has put in a lot of restrictions and there is a lot that this can not do on iOS.