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Here's Why You Should Install Google Assistant On Your iPhone - And Why You Should Keep Siri Too

20 May 2017, 7:22 am EDT By Vincent Lanaria Tech Times
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Google Assistant is now available to iPhone users everywhere, and there are plenty of reasons why you should install her. That said, it's not exactly a Siri replacement, though.  ( Google | Twitter )

Now that Google Assistant is finding a cozy spot on iPhones, Siri is facing a fierce competitor in her own personal space.

By "fierce competitor," we mean that the Android voice assistant is set to dazzle iOS users and, with features aplenty at hand, convince them that the town isn't big enough for two AI chatterboxes.

Why Google Assistant Fits On The iPhone

Aside from getting better by the day, Google Assistant has some inherent features that can arguably blow Siri out of the water.

You can talk to Google Assistant by text: At first glance, this may not come as much of a deal breaker since these AIs are voice controlled, after all. But things are different when you want to make a query in public or ask something in private, not to mention that you won't have to worry about being misheard.

Google Assistant really listens and gives contextual responses: When it comes to AI conversations, it's easy to tell whether you're talking to a "real" person or a piece of software that seemingly yields the same results you'd get from a simple search engine query. Google Assistant is leaning toward the former.

For instance, you can ask something like "who sang 'Hello'?" and you'd get Adele. After that, ask anything along the lines of "What does she look like?" and you'd get images of Adele.

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What about Lionel Richie? Well, you're going to have to ask her who sang the "original."

(Photo : Google)

Google Assistant will be everywhere soon: During the I/O 2017 conference, Google announced that it's giving third-party manufacturers the tools they need to integrate its voice assistant with their devices.

The gist of it is that Google Assistant will have a bigger ecosystem than Siri, and it might be a good idea to start getting used to having her on your iPhone.

Why Siri Still Matters On The iPhone

Considering that the iPhone is Siri's homecourt, it shouldn't come as a surprise that she has the advantage, which is probably the main reason why she still wins some points.

Siri is easier to access on the iPhone: The seconds you spent in calling on a voice assistant matter, and on the iPhone, you can get to her faster than you can with Google Assistant.

To be exact, you can bring Siri up by pressing and holding on the home button or just say, "Hey, Siri," on certain models. Meanwhile, you can generally access Google Assistant by tapping on her app icon itself, but you can also get to her via her widget or 3D Touch.

Siri is more capable on the iPhone: Even though Siri isn't exactly the most capable voice assistant out there, she's still better than Google Assistant on the iPhone.

For example, Google Assistant can't call an Uber for you when you ask it, while Siri can. But just to be clear, that's only the case on the iPhone.

Of course, keeping both is still an option, but who really needs two voice assistants anyway?

As for which one is better, it's hard to say, but the safe bet seems to be on Google Assistant because of the announcements made at I/O 2017. It should be mentioned that Apple recently acquired "dark data" specialist Lattice Data recently, though, so Siri might get the boost it needs to keep up the pace.

What do you think of Google Assistant on the iPhone? Drop by our comments section below and let us know.

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