Sunday , June 13 2021

Google Assistant iOS update allows you to say "Hey Syri, OK Google" – TechCrunch

Apple is unlikely to allow its competitors to take advantage of Siri Shortcuts in this way, but now you can run Google Assistant on iPhone, saying "Hey, Siri, OK Google" .

But do not expect flawless experience – more steps are needed. After you update the Google Assistant on iOS, you need to open the application to set up a new Siri Shortcut for Google Assistant.

As the name suggests, Siri Shortcuts lets you record your own phrases to run specific applications or features. For example, you can create Siri Shortcuts to play your favorite playlist, start directions to a specific place, enter text, and more. If you want to multi-action chains together, you can even create complicated algorithms using Apple's shortcut application.

By default, Google proposes the phrase "OK Google". You can choose something shorter, or "Hey Google" for example. Once you've set it, you can call Siri and use this custom phrase to start the Google app.

You may need to unlock your iPhone or iPad to allow iOS to open the app. The Google Assistant program then automatically listens to your request. Again, you need to pause and wait for the application to appear before your request is made.

This is a very difficult roundabout road and I am not sure that many people will use it. But the fact that "Hey Syri, OK Google" exists, is still very funny.

In another note, Google Assistant is still the worst when it comes to your privacy. The app pushes you to enable "web and application activity", the notorious comprehensive privacy destroyer. If you activate this setting, Google will collect your search history, Chrome's browsing history, your location, your credit card purchase, and more.

It's a great example of designing dark patterns. If you have not activated web and application activity, there are blue banners at the bottom of the app that tells you that you can "unlock multiple assistant features".

When you touch it, you get a nice little animated drawing to distract you from the text. There is only one button that says "More." If you tap it, the "More" button becomes "On" – many people will not even see "No, thank you" at the bottom left.

It's a classic method of persuasion. If someone asks you more questions and tells you each time, you will always agree with the last question, even if you disagree with him. You have accessed the "Start" and "More", so once again you want to touch the same button. If you say no, Google will ask you again if you are 100% sure.

So make sure you read everything and understand that you're making a compromise with Google Assistant.

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