Google is reportedly eyeing an iOS Assistant app as it fires new salvo in the AI wars

Google is reportedly eyeing an iOS Assistant app as it fires new salvo in the AI wars

The battle for AI supremacy is no longer about which device you want to buy. First Microsoft’s Cortana made the leap from Windows to the Android lock screen, and Android followed up by integrating Alexa into its shopping app. But now things are starting to get really interesting as Google reportedly readies a major push onto iOS.

According to Android Police, Google is planning to release a standalone Assistant app on iOS, with an announcement possibly coming at I/O this week. According to the report, “The app would likely feature a blend of the “chat” style functionality in the Google Allo version of Assistant and the voice-controlled version found on Android,” but site cautions that “details are scant.”

Assistant on iOS would put some serious pressure on Siri. While it wouldn’t be integrated as deeply as Apple’s AI, Assistant would shine a spotlight on the many things Siri can’t do, like play games, show search results for things it doesn’t know, and speak conversationally. For example, if you ask Google Assistant who the chairman of Amazon is, it will tell you that it’s Jeff Bezos, like Siri. But if you then ask, “How much is he worth,” it will know that you are still speaking about Bezos. Siri, however, will start a new query.

Google I/O kicks off Wednesday morning, and we’ll be glued to the keynote to see if this rumor comes to fruition.

Now we’re talking: Google I/O would be an ideal venue for the release of Assistant on iOS. Last year Google launched its new chatbot to the world, and over the past 12 months has been working to bring it to as many phones and devices as possible. But an iPhone app would seriously up the stakes in the battle between Assistant and Siri, especially with the rumor that Apple is planning to release its own Google Home competitor at WWDC. OK Google, make us some popcorn.

IDG Insider

PREVIOUS ARTICLE

«Anker's wireless Qi charger is on sale for a ridiculous $8

NEXT ARTICLE

Samsung to detail new Tizen OS for smart home appliances, IoT devices»

Add Your Comment

Most Recent Comments

Our Case Studies

IDG Connect delivers full creative solutions to meet all your demand generatlon needs. These cover the full scope of options, from customized content and lead delivery through to fully integrated campaigns.

images

Our Marketing Research

Our in-house analyst and editorial team create a range of insights for the global marketing community. These look at IT buying preferences, the latest soclal media trends and other zeitgeist topics.

images

Poll

Should companies have Bitcoins on hand in preparation for a Ransomware attack?