Google Assistant adds support for Apple Siri shortcuts on iOS

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Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/20/18105693/google-assistant-siri-shortcuts-feature-iphone-ios

Google is aiming to have its own Assistant get the kind of attention Apple Siri is getting on iOS. Apple Siri understandably is the main assistant on iOS, but Google hopes to get closer by getting a few things right to have heads turn towards its own assistant.

It is no longer secret that you can record phrase like Ok Google and thereafter say whatever you feel like to Siri. What you may not have heard at least until now is that Google Assistant now has a shortcut for Siri on the iOS. This is in addition to the fact that you can add an Assistant widget to the left of your home screen.

There is not much to report about this new update, but it is surely going to make a few things easy while using Google Assistant on your Apple device. For instance, it is now possible to set up a shortcut for your frequently used phrases with the Assistant. With this, you can come up with a custom voice command for any single smart home action you intend to take while using your phone.

Among several other things you can now do with Google Assistant, the virtual assistant can initiate a video call on either Duo or Hangouts. The powerful assistant on your phone only needs you to say “video call contact_name” and you will get a reply telling you that a video call on Duo or Hangouts [depending on which one is installed on your phone] is being made. Sounds like the default video calling app for Assistant is Duo, but it sometimes gets sent to Hangouts.

In your Google Assistant settings, you will notice a renamed Voice and Video calls section where you can link your Google Duo account. If you haven’t seen this yet, then I guess you may have to wait a little while as not many users have been able to notice it just yet.

Earlier in the year, Google Maps got its share of Google’s powerful assistant. Google announced during its Google I/O 2018 event that it is adding Google Assistant to its famous maps app on iOS and Android. The addition, according to the search giant, will provide better recommendations to users.

The assistant is now able to pull your curated personal information. The smart assistant will curate information and have them laid out in a single overview quickly access. Though, your overviews will always be available all through the day, you can, however, check for updates by simply tapping the new icon located in the top right hand corner of your Assistant on iOS or Android.

If you are a movie freak and desperately need to buy a ticket to watch “Avengers: Infinity War,” or “Black Panther,” or any box office movie; then Google Assistant can be of help. All you need to say is: “buy tickets,” or “Hey Google, get me tickets for [Avengers: Infinity War for example] …

The latest iOS shortcut support update will boost the profile of Google Assistant, and possibly bring it closer to Siri.


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Author: Ola Ric

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