Google takes a Shortcut to link Assistant and Siri

Todd Singleton
November 22, 2018

Google has been working hard to catch up with Siri on iOS since Google apps have always been of secondary choice as Apple offers its own offering for Music, Maps and many other features.

Its not the most elegant solution, but it is better than saying “Hey Siri, open Google Assistant.

You could program the phrase “Hey Google” as a shortcut to launch the Google Assistant app.

Further, you can also set a widget on the left of your home screen that gives you instant access to Assistant, though this feature isn't new.

Screenshot of the app via The Verge
Screenshot of the app via The Verge

It's not quite as easy as using the Google Assistant on an Android device like the Pixel 3. But, hilariously, the method requires you to ask Siri to call up Google Assistant. Users who have the Google Assistant installed will find an update waiting in the App Store, and new users can download it here. Google knows this, so it's "fixing" Siri with the latest Assistant app update. If you're leaving the house, for example, saying "Hey Google, I'm leaving" to Siri could prompt Assistant to turn off your smart lights, thermostats, and more. This means that you could actually say “Hey Siri, Hey Google”, then wait a few seconds for Assistant to open and then speak your command to Google.

Certainly, it's not quite as elegant as just talking to Google's AI directly.

This will bring up the Add to Siri menu, where you tap the little orange button and record your hotword. As such, you are not confined to using the traditional "OK Google" or "Hey Google" commands - you can make it anything you like. You will automatically see a card prompting you to add an "Ok Google" Siri Shortcut.

You'll need to have the latest version of Apple's Shortcuts app and the latest Google Assistant app in order for the functionality to work.

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