Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Google Assistant for iOS Gets Support for Siri Shortcuts [u]

Google Assistant for iOS Gets Support for Siri Shortcuts [u]

In an interesting move on Google's part, the ways you're able to access Google Assistant with iOS have changed in a somewhat roundabout way.

Google is making use of Siri Shortcuts to bring an nearly handsfree and native Assistant experience to iPhone, something which it has been offering on Android devices for years now. Google is using every trick in the book to try and redress the balance though, and with a new update to the Google Assistant app it is using Siri Shortcuts as a way to get voice activation for Google Assistant into iOS. Google has chose to take advantage to this, by enabling it's Assistant to launch via Siri Shortcuts. Google Assistant is unarguably smarter and more feature rich than Siri but it always felt crippled on an iPhone due to various platform limitations.

One of the features Apple was most proud to present, when introducing iOS 12, was Siri Shortcuts. Once launched, the Assistant app will be listening for a command right away.

The app now supports Siri Shortcuts, which means, with that in tow, you can now say "Hey Siri, OK Google" to beckon Google's assistant.

Its not the most elegant solution, but it is better than saying “Hey Siri, open Google Assistant.

You can even use it to activate a smart home routine in Google Assistant, where multiple commands are executed at once.

Thanks to a new update, it's now possible to use Google Assistant with Apple's Siri Shortcuts.

The device will then ask you to record you saying "Ok Google".

This will bring up the Add to Siri menu, where you tap the little orange button and record your hotword. That's just a sample shortcut that various tech blogs have come up with.

Given that we'll never see Google Assistant operating system level integration with iOS, workarounds like this are likely as close as we'll ever get to easily accessing Google's voice-activated assistant.

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