Resolved Do you use google assistant on your iphone?

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  1. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    Now google have opened it to iphone and ipad how much do you use the google assistant on your iphone? much at all? I know it's not as good as on android due to certain responses are needed compared to on android and you have to go into the assistant app instead of holding down or saying ok google.
     
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    If I could replace Siri I would use it.
     
  4. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    Without OS wide integration google assistant is not really as helpful and with such integration you basically give up all privacy to Google.

    In short, I don’t and not planning to.
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Its Not nearly as convenient to use Google Assistant on the iPhone, because you manually have to open it to asking inquiries, where as Siri is hands-free. Siri works best for me as it is.
     
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    If I use an assistant at all I use Cortana.
     
  7. DNichter macrumors 604

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    No, I don't see the value in it. Siri works great for me when I need it, is hands free, and doesn't use my data for advertising. I don't use Google's services and don't really have any reason to. Apple's approach is better for me.
     
  8. barkomatic, Mar 29, 2018
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    Yes, I use Google Assistant quite frequently on my iPhone via the app since Siri is pretty primitive by comparison. I only wish Apple would give us the option to integrate Google Assistant by default over Siri.

    The only thing Siri is good for in my case is setting timers. Google gives me straight answers and allows follow up questions where Siri either doesn't understand at all or does a broken web search. It's pathetic really.
     
  9. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    Technically, allowing a third party to integrate that deeply with a OS is not only too difficult for a bit of “convenience” to the user but it might just be downright impossible with current OS structure and security concerns.
     
  10. cbreze macrumors 6502a

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    Siri is fine for simple stuff but I find the assistant much more useful for just about anything. I have the icon on my home screen for quickest access. I wish it could be set as default tho.
     
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Is Siri as advanced as Google assistant? No. Can Siri do much more than set timers based off your post? Yes. Where Siri is most useful aside from all the negativity, is in-house controls through various Apple devices with AirPods, Apple Watch, HomePod, etc. I actually would be much more inconvenienced without Siri with dictation, controls with my AirPods or even the Apple Watch.
     
  12. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    In my quote I said "In my case" and I recognize that Siri may be more useful for someone who is more into the Apple family of devices than I am -- and which you don't have a choice but to use Siri. Currently, my Apple devices are limited to the iPhone X and an iPad Pro. I won't invest any more into Apple hardware until they fix Siri because I don't want to be stuck with excellent hardware that is held back by a half baked assistant.

    When you say I'm being "negative" you seem to imply that its more or less just my opinion that Siri is garbage. In fact, it's been discussed thoroughly by the tech press and generally agreed on--even by Apple fanboys in many cases.

    I want Apple to fix Siri and if they do I will be more comfortable buying more Apple hardware.
     
  13. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    That’s your prerogative, but it seems you’re allowing Siri to have much more control over your purchasing decisions just because you don’t approve of it. You could simply deactivate Siri if you wanted to, but I certainly wouldn’t allow myself to not purchase Apple products just based off a voice assistant. Again, to each their own.


    Thats incorrect. I never or insinuated “You were being negative about Siri”,

    I stated:

    Siri is behind other Voice activated assistants, but I also question how much do consumers use Siri beyond simple tasks and questions for in device controls as I previously mentioned with the Apple Watch, HomePod, iPhone, etc. I really don’t think Siri is used for anything really advanced other than what’s most commonly requested. But I do believe Siri needs refinements, which hopefully within future acquisitions with Apple, they do improve in certain areas. And as I used Siri through multiple Apple products, it works for me. Cleary experiences vary.
     
  14. j800r macrumors 6502

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    Nop. Siri works just fine. I’d be using Google Assistant if I went back to Android and only if.
     
  15. Shanghaichica macrumors G3

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    Not concerned about privacy however as it’s an app that I have to actively go into it’s not going to compete with Siri which is system wide.

    Additionally I have devices like my Apple Watch, Apple TV and HomePod which only have Siri on them so it makes no sense to use the google assistant.
     
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Siri works perfectly fine for me as well. I really think it’s how somebody is utilizing using Siri and what they’re experiencing difficulties with. I mentioned before, I believe the majority use Siri for in-home controls with the AirPods, Apple Watch , iPhone, etc. Where Siri does all that really well. I do think most consumers use Siri for basic tasks and it does seem to work more often than not. Siri struggles the most, is when you start asking questions outside iOS controls, At least from my experiences.
     

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