Google Assistant iOS update lets you say Hey Siri, OK Google

Apple probably didnt intend to let competitors take advantage of Siri Shortcuts this way, but you can now launch Google Assistant on your iPhone by saying Hey Siri, OK Google .
But dont expect a flawless experience it takes multiple steps. After updating the Google Assistant app on iOS, you need to open the app to set up a new Siri Shortcut for Google Assistant.
As the name suggests, Siri Shortcuts lets you record custom phrases to launch specific apps or features. For instance, you can create Siri Shortcuts to play your favorite playlist, launch directions to a specific place, text someone and more. If you want to chain multiple actions together, you can even create complicated algorithms using Apples Shortcuts app.
By default, Google suggests the phrase OK Google. You can choose something shorter, or Hey Google, for instance. After setting that up, you can summon Siri and use this custom phrase to launch Googles app.
You may need to unlock your iPhone or iPad to let iOS open the app. The Google Assistant app then automatically listens to your query. Again, you need to pause and wait for the app to appear before saying your query.
This is quite a cumbersome walk-around and Im not sure many people are going to use it. But the fact that Hey Siri, OK Google exists is still very funny.
On another note, Google Assistant is still the worst when it comes to your privacy. The app pushes you to enable web & app activity, the infamous all-encompassing privacy destroyer. If you activate that setting, Google will collect your search history, your Chrome browsing history, your location, your credit card purchases and more.
Its a great example of dark pattern design. If you havent enabled web & app activity, theres a flashy blue banner at the bottom of the app that tells you that you can unlock more Assistant features.
Google Assistant iOS update lets you say Hey Siri, OK Google

When you tap it, you get a cute little animated drawing to distract you from the text. Theres only one button, which says More, If you tap it, the More button becomes Turn on many people are not even going to see No thanks on the bottom left.
Its a classic persuasion method. If somebody asks you multiple questions and you say yes every time, youll tend to say yes to the last question even if you dont agree with it. You tapped on Get started and More so you want to tap on the same button one more time. If you say no, Google asks you one more time if youre 100 percent sure.
So make sure you read everything and you understand that youre making a privacy trade-off by using Google Assistant.
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