The Google Assistant, Google’s own virtual assistant for smart devices, has been released for iOS in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. This follows its initial launch in the United States back in May.
To use Google Assistant on an iPhone or iPad, users will need to have iOS 9.1 or higher installed on their device. Assistant comes in the form of an app, downloaded for free through the Apple App Store, and replicates the functionality provided by Assistant on Android devices.
Using voice commands, users can have Google Assistant perform different functions, such as interacting with smart home devices, playing music or videos from YouTube, managing the calendar, and reading messages.
Most iPhone and iPad users will be familiar with Apple’s own virtual assistant, Siri, which comes baked into the operating system and provides wider functionality. The Google Assistant app should be available to download in the respective new countries now.