Google Assistant is now available as an iPad app, Google announced on Tuesday. Known for powering the Google Home and Google Home Mini speakers, the Assistant was launched as an iPhone app last year. The Google Assistant iPad app is a tablet-specific version with support for a larger screen, as well as support for portrait and landscape mode.
While the earlier version of Google Assistant on iOS was available only in English, Google says in a blog post that the new version will be available in other languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish. Also, the iPad version of the Assistant also supports iOS 11’s multitasking mode, which allows it to run side-by-side with other apps on Apple’s tablet. With the Assistant on iPad, Google says, users can “set the mood” in your home, cast to your TV, make calls or send texts, set reminders, and more.
With growing popularity of smart speakers such as Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, and Google Home, companies have been trying to make their voice assistants reach a wider set of mobile devices. It has become more important for apps like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft Cortana to support multi-platforms, apart from their own hardware. For instance, Amazon has just announced its Alexa app for tablets, including iPad.
It is true that Google Assistant will not be as accessible on the iPad when compared with Siri, as the later can be activated with a press of a button or just by saying “Hey Siri”. However, for users who like the Google Assistant over Apple’s Siri, the launch on iPad will be a welcome move.