Google’s annual I/O developer conference is underway, and one of the first major announcements from the event is that their Assistant platform – which is found on Google Home, Pixel Smartphones, and others is now heading to the iPhone.
Google will be making Assistant on its own standalone application for the iPhone, which would make it separate from its Google search app to specifically market users that are tied to their personal preferences.
This all comes with a catch though. Due to Apple’s unfortunate API restrictions, Google Assistant won’t be able to operate like it does on Android devices. For example, you can still ask the Assistant to play a certain song on Spotify, send an iMessage, and other general tasks. Things like setting alarms, etc, won’t work because of the aforementioned API restrictions. Additionally, because you can’t remap the home button to trigger Google Assistant instead of Siri, there is a widget that you can use.
If you’re interested, you can download Google Assistant right here. As of the publish date of this article, Google Assistant on iPhones is only supported in the US. That could soon change, however. Stay tuned to TechDependent as we’ll be covering a lot more that Google has to announce at I/O 2017.