Google Assistant helps you get everyday tasks done more easily and is thoughtfully designed to offer help throughout your day while keeping your information private, safe and secure.
Set reminders, get quick answers, find directions with Google Maps, and more while on-the-go with the help of your Google Assistant.
With the Assistant app, you can:
- Send text messages (e.g. "Text Kat “I’m on my way”)
- Set reminders (e.g. "Remind me to buy a birthday gift for Sarah")
- Play music (e.g. "Play jazz music on YouTube")
- Navigate places (e.g. "Navigate to the nearest coffee shop")
- Weather information (e.g. "What’s the weather today")
- Learn more about your privacy controls (e.g., “Where can I change my privacy settings?”)
-Delete your recent Google Assistant activity (e.g., “Delete what I said this week”)
We've updated the app to bring you the best Assistant experience. This release includes bug fixes and stability improvements.
Ratings and Reviews
Google Assistant keeps getting better & better
Our family are Apple fanbois - we have four iPhones, three iPads and three Apple Watches.
However even we have to concede Google Assistant is miles ahead of Siri. As a personal assistant there’s not much difference IMHO but the fact that the Assistant has access to the Google search engine and all the rich information stored there makes them chalk and cheese.
As an example try asking Siri, Alexa and Google when the next bus to a local location is. Siri and Alexa will probably either not know, or offer a very poor response. Google will probably tell you the time and location of the next bus, and offer walking directions to the bus stop and send them to your phone if you‘ve downloaded the Assistant app.
It may have changed but we also found the fact the Google Home ecosystem can detect a users voice and respond to their individual profile really useful. For example asking “what’s in my calendar” will provide a personalised response. When we first looked at home speakers neither Siri nor Alexa could do this but I believe it’s in it’s way.
Google Home and Home Mini Smart Speaker
This little speaker, on a good day, is, indeed, ‘smart’, but then, sometimes it wakes up ‘in a mood’, and seems to be ‘stupid’, deliberately, just to annoy you. What you asked it to do or play a few hours earlier, and you ask it again, elicits the response, ‘I’m not sure how to do that’. Oh yes you do, you say, you did it a few minutes ago! Asking it to play a playlist from your google play music library can often result in tempers becoming frayed, (although the google assistant usually remains calm, despite repeated requests). I once asked it to play my playlist 8 times, and the first 7 times, it got it wrong, but it was a case of ‘8th time lucky’. When it works, it’s great, but when it doesn’t, an anger management course is often the best solution. Unfortunately, you can reboot and re-set the speaker, but you can’t reboot yourself! The ability to learn, and be able to speak, ‘Googlese’ helps enormously!
Complex and confusing interface
While I generally prefer Google over Siri the Google apps tend to be a real complex and confusing jumble when it comes to settings that are scattered about all over the place and change with almost every update. I also can’t fathom why, when I open the Assistant app, next to my account icon in the top right there is a red dot. It looks like it should mean you have some kind of notification but tapping it to open up the settings and there’s nothing! Also the Assistant sometimes pops up a notification asking ‘Which device did you expect to respond’, tapping that just takes you to a blank Assistant page so why bother? It’s a pointless notification that merely wastes your time. Google’s good at information only, Apple leaves them in the dust when it comes to user interface and interaction.
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