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

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

If you're an iOS user who prefers Google's apps and ecosystem, then good news, as the company is launching Google Assistant for iPad today.

When the app is open, it can listen for "Hey, Google" commands, respond to natural language inquiries, and offer personalized information based on your Google account. Plus, some smart home accessories can only be controlled by Google Assistant. It's free to download and use.

Of course, there is a great deal of overlap with Apple's offering, Siri. This iPad version follows last May's launch of Google Assistant on iPhone. But the app also supports iOS 11's multitasking features, so you can use it side-by-side with other apps. More screen real estate simply means that you don't have to exit one app just to hop into Google Assistant. Both handle basic tasks like weather, calendars and driving directions about equally well. Instead, users must push an on-screen button to get Google Assistant to start listening.



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