Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google takes a Shortcut to link Assistant and Siri

Google takes a Shortcut to link Assistant and Siri

If you've not tried Google Assistant, I'd highly recommend it.

Google has rolled out a new update for the Google Assistant app for iOS which takes advantage of Siri Shortcuts to make it more useful. Users who have the Google Assistant installed will find an update waiting in the App Store, and new users can download it here. It will then open the app, and the Google Assistant will be listening for a command.

Further, you can also set a widget on the left of your home screen that gives you instant access to Assistant, though this feature isn't new.

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Although Google Assistant has been available on iOS for a while now, actually accessing the voice-activated assistant required launching a dedicated app.

How does Siri Shortcuts work with the Google Assistant? Additionally, support for Siri Shortcuts also lets you talk to Assistant handsfree on an unlocked device by uttering the same command (if that's the one you pick). In many aspects Google Assistant is a lot more capable than Siri, for example, it's better at speech recognition, making both understanding commands and writing text messages hands free easier.

Android users have been able to use the "OK Google" hotword to launch Google Assistant for a while now. Google Assistant is unarguably smarter and more feature rich than Siri but it always felt crippled on an iPhone due to various platform limitations. Then you should see a card at the top that has a button to "Add to Siri". "Like saying "Goodnight Google" to Siri could open Assistant and run a routine like turning off all your lights and locking the door", added the report. This potentially can bring more Google searches to iOS users. Now, if you are driving down the parkway, you can just say "Hey Siri, Okay Google" and ask it what you want to know.

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