Google Assistant adds iPad support, joins Alexa and Cortana as Siri rivals

Google Assistant adds iPad support, joins Alexa and Cortana as Siri rivals

Google Assistant is launching today on iPad, allowing customers to control their smart home, make calls, send texts, set reminders and more, from their Apple tablet.

At the time, however, it had only been available in English.

Available for free from the iOS App Store, Google Assistant version 1.2.4507 promises the "full Assistant experience on your iPad" and has an interface formatted for all iPad screens - from the 7.9-inch iPad mini series to the largest 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Of course, Lollipop and tablet support was explicitly added to the Assistant late past year.

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Of course, neither the Alexa app nor Google Assistant are as accessible on iOS devices like iPad, compared with Siri, which can be activated with a press of a button or the voice command, "Hey Siri". You can get started with Google Assistant for iPad by downloading the app from the iTunes App Store [download]. It doesn't matter if you're using the iPad in landscape or portrait mode, Google Assistant will still show up.

However, Siri's integration into iOS makes it more powerful when it comes to actually executing tasks - Google Assistant is limited to things Apple allows third-party apps to do.

At the moment, tapping the blue icon at the top-right corner of the Assistant panel opens the Explore page where users can find trending Actions and look through the directory of Assistant apps.

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