Google Assistant arrives on Apple iPhone as battle with Siri heats up

Posted: 18 May 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

Google has announced its once exclusive to Android personal assistant service Google Assistant is now available to iPhone users.

The surprise news was announced yesterday during the tech firms annual developer conference in Silicon Valley, California.

It means iPhone users now have the option to choose between the Google service or its own Siri.  The app is available from today via the iOS store, for free. However, the version available on iPhone’s will be slightly watered down compared to that on an Android device, due to a number of API restrictions. It will still be able to answer and respond to general questions around things like news, weather, sports results and diary alerts. Users are not currently able to set alarms using the assistant and will not replace Siri’s current activation points.

“The Assistant is already available on more than 100 million devices and starting today, we’re bringing the Google Assistant to iPhones,” said a spokesperson. “Whether you’re at home or on the go, your Assistant is ready to help.”



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