Like all digital assistants except Siri, the app must be manually opened on the iPad and can not be summoned in the background as on Android devices. 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. This update is merely for the app shortcut listing on the Google Play Store, bringing the APK's minimum API level down to 21. This iPad version follows last May's launch of Google Assistant on iPhone.
Google also points out that with multitasking in iOS 11, you can take advantage of that larger screen size in other ways. Keep in mind that Apple will only allow a third-party assistant like Google Assistant, Cortana and Alexa to work when the app is open. More screen real estate simply means that you don't have to exit one app just to hop into Google Assistant. Other than that, it should be the same Assistant you know and love, capable of controlling your smart home, checking weather, calendar events, plus everything else. With it being time for iPads to receive this update, it seems a little too late Google pushed this out but nevertheless some iPad owners are probably happy to see a different assistant than Siri.
iPad support should be rolling out today, with language compatibility for English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish.
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