Google Assistant shortcut app now installs on Lollipop, tablets

Google Assistant adds iPad support, joins Alexa and Cortana as Siri rivals

Google Assistant adds iPad support, joins Alexa and Cortana as Siri rivals

Last year Google introduced its personal assistant to Apple's iPhones, and this new iPad release should give users of Apple's tablets all the same Assistant-powered features available on the smaller devices, as well as multitasking support for simultaneous use with other apps.

So, what's changed in the jump from iPhone to iPad? However, that doesn't mean there aren't improvements to be found in the iPad version, as the iPad's bigger screen means that you'll be able to use the app in both landscape and portrait mode. This update is merely for the app shortcut listing on the Google Play Store, bringing the APK's minimum API level down to 21. You do get to view more content from the results in most cases, but generally speaking, the interface is just like a really big phone.

That being said, many folks who have used both the Assistant and Apple's Siri recommend the former over the latter by a long shot. 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.

Everyone can download the Assistant for iPad now for free from the App Store.

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