Google Assistant Gets Smarter, Comes to iPhone

Angelica Greene
May 19, 2017

They believe computers can take over more of the tedious, grunt work so humans have more time to think about deeper things and enjoy their lives with friends and family.

He described the internet giant's core search service and its Google Assistant as the company's most important AI products.

Google believes it can lead the way in AI largely because it has built a huge network of data centers with billions of computers scattered around the world. Google didn't offer a precise ETA for the rollout of Actions on Google on Android and iOS, but it shouldn't take too long for the new features to be integrated within both platforms.

Google wants to help you get more good apps on your phone. Previously, the assistant worked only on Google's Android software.

Exhausted of Siri? Well, you can now get the "chatty" Google Assistant installed on your iPhone.

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Attendees walk past an Android robot during the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Jose, California, US, May 18, 2017.

The big news of Google I/O for many people was the direct call out to Australians on the expansion of Google Home to Australia. Lens uses AI to identify images viewed through a phone.

Always working in the background, it scans applications for viruses and will be automatically installed on all Android phones that have Google Play on board. Also called Lens, it lets people point their cameras at real-world items and find out where to buy them, or find similar things online.

"Your assistant should know how to use all of your connected devices for your benefit", Google's Scott Huffman said onstage as he demonstrated new features. Android Studio provides the tools you need to modularise your app so that features can be downloaded as needed. But as the company is bringing voice input to potentially dozens of devices around your home and beyond, it also faces some interesting challenges unique to this new interaction model.

Hopefully these changes will lead to better apps for everyone.

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