MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA—Google is dedicated to bringing its voice command system, the Google Assistant, to each doable computing interface. Today it exists on Android telephones and tablets, Android Wear smartwatches, Google Home, and is quickly coming to Android TV and Android Auto. There’s additionally an SDK for gadget makers, permitting anybody to construct a Google Assistant field. The subsequent nice frontier for the Google Assistant? The iPhone.
Today, Google introduced the Assistant is coming to iOS gadgets. Users will have the ability to open up the Google App, press the voice button, and converse to the Assistant. It’s a standalone app, out there right here.
This announcement comes with a whole lot of hype connected to it, however as we have been saying because the Assistant’s launch, there is not an enormous distinction in performance between the outdated Google voice command system and the Google Assistant. What you primarily get is a brand new presentation with a extra “humanized” response system that tells jokes and performs video games.
It’s more than likely that the Assistant on iOS might be extra restricted than it’s on Android. You most likely will not get the “Always on” hotword system that you simply get on Android telephones, which lets you simply say “OK Google” even when the display screen is off. The Assistant on iOS is more than likely simply an app. The hotword will nonetheless work, however you may need to have the Google app open. That’s much like how the “Ok Google” set off works on the Google app for iPhone at the moment, however with Assistant on iOS you may get totally different performance.
The 2017 Google I/O keynote is at present in progress, and we’ll add extra info to this text as it turns into out there. For probably the most up-to-date particulars, observe the occasion in our liveblog.