Google Assistant, which has just started rolling out to more Android devices, is reportedly coming to iOS soon. The intelligent personal assistant that made its debut on the ‘Made by Google’ smartphone Pixel will now also be available to those using an iPhone or an iPad.
According to Android Police, Google Assistant is coming to iOS as a standalone app. The report cites a ‘trusted source’ who said that the announcement might be made at Google I/O, the company’s annual conference this week. However, it’s still not known how the Assistant will be implemented. Android Police predicts that the app could possibly feature a mix of the “chat” style functionality seen in the Google Allo version and voice-controlled interaction from Android OS. What we do know is that Apple does not allow third-party apps to replace the built-in functions, so the shortcut used to invoke Siri will not be reprogrammed to bring up Google Assistant instead.
As per the report, the Google Assistant on iOS will launch only in the US at first. Notably, the Mountain View Company had launched the Assistant SDK a few weeks ago to enable developers to use Assistant on their devices. The report notes, “Bringing the Assistant to the world’s second-largest mobile OS would likely encourage more developers to integrate with the app’s functionality.”
Although the report mentions that Google is most likely to make the announcement at Google I/O in the next few days, however, there is a possibility that Google might defer the release to a later date.