Google Assistant updated with iPad support

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The smart assistant was first launched on iOS at Google I/O 2017, following its earlier introduction on Android devices, led by Google's Pixel phone. Now Google is bringing their Assistant to iPads all around.

At the time, however, it had only been available in English.

While it's a relatively safe assumption that most iPhone and iPad users prefer Siri to other AI assistants, there are always going to be some who are faithful to others.

As of today's update, Assistant for iOS has removed the latter tab, while the list of Reminders and Orders have been moved into Settings as their own dedicated pages. You can either type or speak requests to the Assistant, depending on your preferences.

We've seen the iPad, in particular, receiving attention on this front in recent days.

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For general questions, Google's app calls on Knowledge Graph rather than the combination of Wolfram Alpha and Wikipedia used by Siri.

In fact, only yesterday, Amazon announced its Alexa app for tablets, including iPad, was being updated to support Alexa calling and messaging features which route communications through the Alexa platform.

Google also points out that with multitasking in iOS 11, you can take advantage of that larger screen size in other ways. It doesn't matter if you're using the iPad in landscape or portrait mode, Google Assistant will still show up.

When the app is open, it can listen for "Hey, Google" commands, respond to natural language inquiries, and offer personalized information based on your Google account.

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