Google launches Google Assistant on the iPhone

All of these new devices and services will be natively supported in the Home Control section of Google Assistant, by simply tapping the floating + button to add new products.

So far, this year's Google I/O has been more about incremental updates than big new products and projects. You can check it out as they are listed on the Google Play Store.

Google has been dominating the smartphone market with Android for years now but just how many people are using it on an active monthly basis?

There are many reasons why you should start using this Google Assistant instead of using the Siri app. Google's new Assistant offers machine learning capabilities which is more smarter than the current Siri app which doesn't offer this feature. These are like Alexa's skills, you have to ask to talk to them or say their name specifically, and you will get an answer with a different voice than the regular Google Home or Assistant voice. They must work on to improve their apps especially now that Google Assistant and Google Home are quickly advancing.

Google I/O 2017 is done and people are talking about the many things that the company announced. The first products to make the connection will be smart wall ovens from Jenn-Air that will allow consumers to set cooking times and temperatures, and change cooking, Sabbath and vacation modes, via voice command.

Home's music playback is also getting better. There is a new way to locate those apps and this Android Assistant App Directory will be more than helpful.

The massive user count was just one of several milestones Google revealed during its I/O conference this week.

While Amazon's Echo speaker has emerged as the most popular device in the category, Google repeatedly touted its ability to use artificial intelligence to identify multiple users, an edge it has over Amazon. Even more important is Google's expansion of proper "Assistant actions" support on phones - letting you control devices and make device-specific queries of Assistant on your phone the exact same way you can on Google Home.

The future is bright as well, with the new Google Lens system promising image recognition technology to make Assistant even more powerful. The app needs you to tap on its icon to launch.

It's becoming increasingly apparent that Google Assistant is being positioned as the glue that holds together all of Google's devices. Other services in the 100m-500m club include Shazam (3m ratings); Pandora (2.7m); TuneIn Radio (1.4m) and Deezer (1.2m), while Google Play Music has between 1bn and 5bn installs.

Vanessa Coleman