Anyone wanting to try out Google's rival to Siri can now do so on their iPad: A version of the Google Assistant optimized for iOS tablets just debuted. This iPad version follows last May's launch of Google Assistant on iPhone. 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. But the app also supports iOS 11's multitasking features, so you can use it side-by-side with other apps. 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.
Is Google Assistant on iPad really necessary? 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. Google Assistant for iPad is launching today, and it's available in a handful of different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.