Google Assistant now features native support for the Apple iPad

Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2018

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.

As you can see in the header image above, with iOS 11, iPad owners can multitask pretty well with an Assistant panel open alongside other apps.

Google has provided everyone with a few examples of what Assistant can do on your iPad. Now Google is bringing their Assistant to iPads all around. 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. You do get to view more content from the results in most cases, but generally speaking, the interface is just like a really big phone. Once you're in the app, Google Assistant has most of the functionality you're used to on other platforms, whether its controlling home automation systems through voice commands, scheduling reminders, or composing text messages.

iPad support should be rolling out today, with language compatibility for English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish.

So, if you're an Apple user who happens to enjoy Google's services, you now have more options when it comes to using Google Assistant on iOS.

Everyone can download the Assistant for iPad now for free from the App Store.