Hey Siri, OK Google


Beyond setting up a standard shortcut for triggering the Assistant, Google's app seems to donate every single command you give the Assistant as a shortcut option inside iOS' Settings. It's important to note that for the app's new Siri Shortcuts integration to work, you need the latest version of Google Assistant installed on your iOS devices, as well as Apple's Shortcuts app.

Yes, you'll end up saying "hey Siri, ok Google" - which will always sound odd. and a bit mean (sorry Siri) - but that's the price you pay for Google's smarts on the iPhone.

It's only been seven years since Siri made her first appearance on the iPhone 4S and whilst she was arguably the first ubiquitous artificial assistant, a whole mess of imitators have since cropped up.

For instance, you could say "Hey Siri, Ok Google" and have the Assistant load up. Because of this, for all requests you regularly make of the Assistant, you can set up individual shortcuts for each one, complete with their own custom trigger phrases.

Now, with the addition of Siri Shortcuts support in the Google Assistant app, there's a workaround to that.

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To be clear, all you are doing with this new feature is creating a Siri Shortcut which then launches the Google Assistant app and starts it listening for a command. The update makes it easier for iOS users to interact and trigger the Google Assistant. This shortcut is going to be pretty useful for some users as it will trigger the Assistant without the need to execute multiple commands. Once you open the app, you will automatically see a card which will prompt you to add an "Ok Google" or some other command to trigger the Assistant.

In an interesting move on Google's part, the ways you're able to access Google Assistant with iOS have changed in a somewhat roundabout way.

The process is more complex than usual because it requires several intermediate steps until Google Assistant begins to interpret what the user says.

You'll probably want some wireless headphones to go with your new smartphone, so you should consider Google's $160 Pixel Buds, especially since you can get a pair for $50 less.