Google have announced at its I/O developer conference that Google Assistant is coming to iOS. But Google Assistant won�t be available as a replacement for Siri but it can be used in Google�s dedicated app.
Scott Huffman, vice president of engineering for search, have said that the Google Assistant will get more conversational and it can understand natural languages. Many features are going to be added to the Google Assistant and the coolest feature among them is, the new �Google Lens� which will let users point their smartphone camera at any object and learn more about it. For example, if you point the camera at a flower, Google can tell the user, which flower it is. So, Google Assistant is more powerful when compared to the current version of Siri.
Right now, Google Assistant only works in English and it is going to support French, German, Brazilian Portuguese and Japanese pretty soon.
Finally, Google Assistant will now support transactions which let the user pay for services without leaving Google Assistant. User�s fingerprint is used to authenticate transactions.
The app integrates with all of Google�s other tools like YouTube, Gmail, Docs, Maps and etc. So, sending email through Gmail is a snap and it is enough to just choose mail recipient. Similarly, it’ll give directions with Google Maps and so on.
Google Assistant is definitely going to be awesome on Android Phones but might not be that good on iPhone. Because there are a lot of restrictions when it comes to iPhone. Some reviewers have said that Google Assistant will not be able to set alarms, take selfies, launch apps, post to Twitter or Facebook, or use third-party apps like Whatsapp for sending messages due to iOS restrictions. And also, users cannot easily get to Google Assistant with a simple home button press. They have to launch the app to use it.
iPhone users can make calls and send texts using Google Assistant but it asks for confirmation every action. When a user asks Assistant to call someone, it brings up his/her name and triggers a phone call, which can be then canceled or confirmed. Similarly, for messaging, it asks for user�s message and then takes to the Messages app, where the user can choose to send it off or not. So, making calls and sending messages are easy with Google Assistant. But it is even simple with Siri in which these things can be done without having to open the respective apps.
However, Google Assistant offers a lot compared to iPhone�s Siri. But iOS restrictions limit some of its utilities. But for sure, the new Google Assistant is a great tool for Android Users.