Credit: ShutterstockThe latest update to the Google Assistant app on iOS supports Siri Shortcuts - a feature introduced in iOS 12 that allows you to trigger commands within apps by using dedicated phrases.
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Siri and Google Assistant pretty much offer the same experience and functionality these days so this move seems to be most appealing to Android fans who are forced to use an iOS device for work or the like, but is still an interesting development in the ongoing AI wars that will no doubt see the extinction of us all.
That said, you don't have to say, "Hey Siri, OK Google".
A new report from marketing agency Stone Temple Consulting confirms what we knew already: Google Assistant is the most efficient virtual assistant as compared to its top rivals. Using Siri Shortcuts, Google is at least removing one such limitation.
To get started, make sure you are on the latest version of the Google Assistant iOS app.
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Google Assistant supports far more smart home devices and has integration with other services when compared to Siri so this shortcut is definitely going to be useful for many. Because of this, for all requests you regularly make of the Assistant, you can set up individual shortcuts for each one, complete with their own custom trigger phrases. If you used the same name for your Shortcut, you could simply say, "Hey Siri, going to bed", which will call on the Assistant Routine and perform the action.
Thanks to a new update, it's now possible to use Google Assistant with Apple's Siri Shortcuts.
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