IPhones now have ‘OK Google’ support… if you say ‘Hey Siri’ first

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The Assistant itself has been available on iOS for some time now, courtesy of the appropriately-named Google Assistant app.

Once you're all set up, you can then create Siri Shortcuts which call on Google Assistant Routines you've already created. You can even set this shortcut up to directly trigger a routine in Google Assistant where multiple commands are essentially executed at once. Then the Google Assistant app will come up and listen for your next command. Google's Assistant has until now been far more clunky to interact with on iPhone and iPad than on Android, but support for Siri Shortcuts cuts out a lot of the headache. You'll still need to say "Hey Siri, Okay Google", but it nonetheless represents a big step forward.

Thanks to a new update, Google Assistant now supports Siri Shortcuts.

Well, this is insidious: Google has figured out a way to subvert Siri so that you can use it to summon Google Assistant on the iPhone instead. Google Assistant is unarguably smarter and more feature rich than Siri but it always felt crippled on an iPhone due to various platform limitations.

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How does Siri Shortcuts work with the Google Assistant? Now, if you are driving down the parkway, you can just say "Hey Siri, Okay Google" and ask it what you want to know.

Certainly, it's not quite as elegant as just talking to Google's AI directly. As such, you are not confined to using the traditional "OK Google" or "Hey Google" commands - you can make it anything you like. When you open the app, you should be prompted to add "OK Google" to Siri. You would have to either go to the Google Assistant or Google app and talk to it manually or go to your mobile Safari browser and type it in.

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