Google added its assistant to the iPhone last year, effectively awarding a consolation prize to those who use them as well as to Apple devices. But on Tuesday, Google gave Apple users another token: Assistant on the iPad.
According to the company, Assistant on the iPad does what the iPhone Assistant can do, which is essentially a more limited range of functions than on an Android device. But Google says it can still do things such as "dim the lights", broadcast to your TV, send text messages or make video calls and set reminders.
Google says that the benefit of Assistant on the iPad is that it is adapted to a larger screen and can work in both portrait mode and landscape mode. The assistant also allows multitasking, says the company, so you can use it in other applications. It's something general, and the integration with Siri is not as fluid as in one of Google's devices, but obviously it's better than nothing. And based on our comparison between the two on the iPhone, Assistant has some notable advantages over Siri that can lean in Google's favor over time.
The Google Assistant for the iPad comes out today.