Like all digital assistants except Siri, the app must be manually opened on the iPad and can not be summoned in the background as on Android devices. With it being time for iPads to receive this update, it seems a little too late Google pushed this out but nevertheless some iPad owners are probably happy to see a different assistant than Siri. Starting today, iPad users will be able to use Google's personal digital assistant. It will work in both portrait and landscape modes.
In addition to Android tablet support, Google's also rolling out the red carpet for the iPad. For instance, Amazon has just announced its Alexa app for tablets, including iPad. Most of the time, the Assistant gives me something from the web, á la Siri, but instead of giving me the oft-repeated and annoying line "Here's what I found on the web for.", the Assistant gives me the result in a similar manner to the Top Stories feature on Google Search. With the Assistant on iPad, Google says, users can "set the mood" in your home, cast to your TV, make calls or send texts, set reminders, and more.
While the earlier version of Google Assistant on iOS was available only in English, Google says in a blog post that the new version will be available in other languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.
Google Assistant is now rolling out to iPads starting today and is now available in these languages, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish. The app has been updated to automatically fit all iPad model displays.