Google has updated the Google Assistant app on iOS to introduce Siri shortcuts for all iPhone users. The users on opening the Google Assistant app is now greeted by an option to add “Ok Google” to Siri as a shortcut. On selecting the “Add to Siri” option, the users are taken to a screen to record the trigger phrase to launch Google Assistant via Siri shortcuts.
Once this is set up, the users can manually trigger Siri and say the phrase “Ok Google” to launch Google Assistant on their iOS device. Alternatively, they can also do the same thing hands-free by by saying “Hey Siri” before “Ok Google”.
However there is a small glitch with the process of triggering Siri to launch Google Assistant on an iPhone. Currently, this new feature is incapable of launching Google Assistant immediately after the trigger phrase is spoken by the user. The user needs to wait for a few seconds after saying “Ok Google” to launch the virtual assistant through Siri shortcuts before making any query.
Attempts to add a query immediately after “Ok Google” in Siri without a break triggers Siri to solve the query itself without launching Google Assistant. The query is usually solved by providing a web search for the statement.
This glitch is expected to be solved when Apple releases iOS 13 next year. Notably, this feature is currently in the beta phase so we can expect this feature to get upgraded with the launch of the iOS 13. Apart from that, other virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana is also expected to make its way as Siri shortcuts in iOS 13. Since Google has managed to tweak its way to Siri as a shortcut option to trigger Google Assistant on iPhones, the other assistants should be able to do the same with iOS 13.
Apple is most likely to provide the first preview of iOS 13 at the WWDC 2019 followed by the launch of the first beta version.