The rumors were true: the search giant Google today released a standalone Assistant app for iPhone to take on Siri. Available at no charge on App Store, it features a blend of the chat style functionality found in in the Google Allo version of Assistant and the voice-controlled version found on Android.

It even lets you call friends on Google Home or out on the town with your iPhone.

“Whether you need a reminder to pick up milk, help finding your travel photos or need to make a dinner reservation, your Assistant is ready to help,” says the company.

To get started with Assistant, press the microphone icon or start typing.

With Assistant, Apple users can use its chatbot-like capabilities as well as all of its interactive features without having to purchase Google’s Pixel smartphone or another Android smartphone that supports Assistant.

Here are a few things Assistant can help you with:

  • Make quick phone calls (“Call Mom”)
  • Send text messages (“Text my bestie”)
  • Send emails (“Email my boss the latest TPS report”)
  • Set reminders (“Remind me to buy a birthday gift for Sarah”)
  • Set calendar events (“Set a calendar event for dinner with Charlie tomorrow from 7-9”)
  • Play music (“Play Jazz music on YouTube”)
  • Navigate to places (“Get me directions home”)
  • Ask it anything (“Will I need an umbrella today?”)

Google has promised to enhance Assistant with new features, including:

  • New chatbot abilities
  • Integration with Google Lens technology

Google Lens will allow Assistant for iPhone and Android to gain camera capabilities with advanced artificial intelligence features. Users will be able to, for example, easily identify objects by pointing their iPhone’s camera at it.

The company demonstrated how Lens technology will permit Assistant users to snap up a photograph of a business’s sign to quickly pull up useful information such as reviews, menu items, friend check-ins and other relevant data.

In another example, Google demoed how Assistant could help Android users connect to a Wi-Fi network simply by taking a picture of a sticker on a router.

Grab Google Assistant for iOS for free via App Store.

The app requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 9.1 or later.

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