Step aside, Siri. Google Assistant is now available on iPads.
After launching its Siri and Alexa rival on iPhones last May, Google is now bringing its digital helper to Apple tablets as well.
“The Assistant on iPad can do everything the Assistant on your iPhone can do, with the added benefit of a bigger screen that supports both portrait and landscape mode,” Google Assistant Product Manager Brendan Lim wrote in a blog post. You can, for instance, use the voice-based virtual assistant to set reminders, check the weather, send text messages, control smart home devices, cast content to your Chromecast-enabled TV, and a lot more.
“Plus, you can stay productive by multitasking on iPad with iOS 11, letting you chat with the Assistant while you play a game, plan a trip, or check your calendar,” Lim wrote.
Assistant is rolling out to iPads today, and will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish.
Meanwhile, a new Assistant feature called routines can help you take care of several tasks with a single command. “For example, say ‘Hey Google, I’m home’ and the Assistant on your Google Home or phone can turn on the lights, share any home reminders, play your favorite music and more, all with just four words,” Google Vice President of Product Nick Fox explained in a blog post last month.
Google Assistant is also learning a bunch of new languages. By the end of the year, Google expects it to work in more than 30 languages, up from eight today.