A serious Siri rival with flaws of its own
Google’s voice-based conversational Assistant is now available on the iPhone. Google’s competitor to Siri (already on the iPhone) tends to be betterequipped to handle conversational queries than Apple’s assistant, which makes it easier for some people to use. Assistant is available on some Android devices as part of the operating system — no extra downloading required.
On the iPhone, it doesn’t work quite as seamlessly, given that it’s not built in. For example, you can’t call it up with just your voice — you have to tap. The privacy-conscious may also balk at giving a Google program the data — such as microphone access and location info — that make the program most useful. If that’s not your cup of tea, then you may want to remain assistant-free.
Free, for iOS.