Google Assistant for iPad cranks up Siri's competition

Ceria Alfonso
Marcha 13, 2018

Last year Google introduced its personal assistant to Apple's iPhones, and this new iPad release should give users of Apple's tablets all the same Assistant-powered features available on the smaller devices, as well as multitasking support for simultaneous use with other apps. Not much, as Google obviously wants to keep the Assistant experience as similar as possible across both platforms.

Unfortunately, the iPad version of the app is just a blown up interface for the big screen. This update is merely for the app shortcut listing on the Google Play Store, bringing the APK's minimum API level down to 21. Like all digital assistants except Siri, the app must be manually opened on the iPad and can not be summoned in the background as on Android devices.

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With the Assistant on your iPad, Google says you can do things like control your lights, cast things to your TV, place video calls, text your friends, and set reminders. Microsoft released an iPad-optimized version of Cortana last month, after Amazon's Alexa ranked third overall in iPad App Store downloads during the 2017 holiday season.

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