iPad users have something to be glad about.
Google has launched the Assistant for Apple’s tablet, and it can do everything it does on an iPhone “with the added benefit of a bigger screen that supports both portrait and landscape mode.”
Google Assistant on iPad will be available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and (Brazil) Portuguese.
Tasks That the Google Assistant Can Do
Product Manager Brendan Li enumerated in a post on Tuesday some of the things that the Google Assistant can help an iPad user do. They are:
- Have the digital assistant “dim the lights” in the house.
- Cast to a TV by asking the Assistant to “watch the latest news on the living room TV.”
- Get in touch with a family member or friend by asking the Assistant to make a video call or send a text.
- Ask the Assistant to put out a reminder with regard a house chore.
With regard calling or sending a text to a person, TechCrunch said when a user asks the Assistant to text or call somebody, it will get the information about the person from the iOS Address Book, only if the user authorized it.
Lim said a user could also multitask on iPad with iOS 11 by allowing him or her to chat with the Assistant while playing a game, planning a vacation, and checking the calendar for the day’s appointments or activities.
First Launched on iOS in 2017
The Assistant was launched on iOS at Google I/O in May last year but limited it to those in the United States.
Apple Insider reported that Google then opened up the Assistant in August to three countries in Europe, including the United Kingdom.
The site also said release notes for Google Assistant version 1.2.4507 in the App Store stated that users can “now get the full Assistant experience” on the iPad.
Also, the latest version comes with bug fixes and stability improvements, according to the notes.
Apple Insider pointed out that a significant difference between the iPad and iPhone versions of the app “is the ability to use the iPad version in both portrait and landscape orientations, allowing it to be more easily used when the iPad is on its side on a stand.”
It is only available to use in portrait mode on an iPhone.
iPad users should take note that the updated and free Google Assistant app is 155.6 megabytes, and runs on any device running iOS 10.0 or later.
After making it available on iPhones, Google has expanded the availability of the Assistant to iPads.