Google Assistant updated with iPad support

Eloise Marshall
March 14, 2018

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. Not much, as Google obviously wants to keep the Assistant experience as similar as possible across both platforms. 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. However, that doesn't mean there aren't improvements to be found in the iPad version, as the iPad's bigger screen means that you'll be able to use the app in both landscape and portrait mode.

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You can either type or speak requests to the Assistant, depending on your preferences. But the app also supports iOS 11's multitasking features, so you can use it side-by-side with other apps. Like most updates or features Google pushes out, Assistant could be coming out in phases, so if you haven't gotten this feature yet, don't worry. It's available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish. It also can help you compose emails, set reminders and calendar events, play music, help you navigation, answer questions, cast to your TV and control connected smart home devices, among other things. Microsoft released an iPad-optimized version of Cortana last month, after Amazon's Alexa ranked third overall in iPad App Store downloads during the 2017 holiday season.

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