This is thanks to integrations by third-party companies such as Panera, which was demo'd by Google at its conference today. Many of Google's products are also vying against similar offerings from other tech conglomerates like Amazon and Microsoft. Yes, iOS users can now enjoy the Google Assistant if they are going meh with Siri! Users will soon be able to make phone calls using the device, and the HBO Now streaming service, owned by Time Warner Inc (TWX.N), will be integrated as well. Called Android Go, this software will automatically enable data-saving features and will steer users toward apps designed specifically for affordable hardware. That means Google's is using machine learning models to design new versions. But on Wednesday, the company announced that the Assistant is also coming to iPhones through the Google app. To drive greater usage of the app, Google will now make suggestions to prod users to share images and allow them to order physical photo albums. For instance, focus on a flower and ask Google Lens what it is and you'll be told the species and given any information you require, pulled straight from the web. Yes, it's that simple! This should help Google bring Android to more people in more places. Google is aiming to cut boot times in half with Android O, and all apps should get a noticeable speed boost just by upgrading to the new operating system. The only thing we do know is that Google is targeting a 2018 launch for Android Go, so there will clearly be a lot more announcements on that front over the next several months. You could point your phone at a restaurant and get contextual information such as its hours of operation.
Instead of depending on your smartphone or a high-powered PC, these new standalone VR headsets come with everything built-in, made only for experiencing virtual reality. Thus far, the Assistant had only been available on Google Home as well as Google's own Pixel phones.
Google is unveiling the new feature at a conference in California on Wednesday.
With Android One, Google worked directly with device partners in finalizing the hardware, while controlling the software updates.
Google today announced numerous improvements to Google Assistant including hands-free calls with Google Home, visual responses on your TV with Chromecast, and the ability to use Google Assistant on the iPhone.