Now Siri will let you speak to the Google Assistant

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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.

The device will then ask you to record you saying "Ok Google". So yes, you can say "Hey Siri" followed by "Ok Google" to trigger Assistant handsfree on your iPhone. Prior to this there was an option to add an Assistant widget on the left of the lock screen and the user can record the phrase like usual "OK Google" then whenever any comment is given to Siri, the Assistant will start listening for the comment automatically.

While Apple and Google play well together in some areas - such as the multi-billion deal that makes Google the default search on iOS - they are on less friendly terms in others. The update adds a useful new Siri Shortcut support using which one can use Siri to trigger Google Assistant.

Google has been working hard to catch up with Siri on iOS since Google apps have always been of secondary choice as Apple offers its own offering for Music, Maps and many other features.




The update allows you to launch Google Asistant on an iOS device by saying "Hey Siri, OK Google".

Google Assistant's adoption of Siri shortcuts is simply the latest evidence of what we already knew: that shortcuts is a game changer for Siri. The limitation of needing your device unlocked means these shortcuts can't ever run in the background, but besides that drawback, the possibilities for integrating the Assistant with Siri are extremely broad now. You could also use Siri Shorcuts to run Google Assistant routines, which are like multi-command scripts. Moreover, Google is consistent;y upgrading its virtual assistant so users can derive maximum utility out of it.

You'll probably want some wireless headphones to go with your new smartphone, so you should consider Google's $160 Pixel Buds, especially since you can get a pair for $50 less.

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