Google Assistant has gone from strength to strength on Android since its debut on the Google Pixel, migrating from a variety of Android smartphones to Google Home, Allo and now, iOS. Here's everything you need to know about Google Assistant for iOS, from UK release date to the features available and how it compares to Android.

When will Google Assistant for iOS be released in the UK?

Following a report days before the official announcement, Google announced Google Assistant for iOS at Google I/O 2017

Following the initial announcement, the Google Assistant iOS app was made available to users in the US, and although the exclusivity remained for a number of months, Google Assistant is now available to download in the UK.

Is Google Assistant available on iPad?

Beyond what Google Assistant for iOS will offer, the biggest question is “will it be coming to iPad?” and while there were concerns prior to the announcement that it'd be iPhone only, the app is available for iPhone and iPad users. 

What does Google Assistant for iOS offer?

The Google Assistant app is a combination of the standard voice-controlled assistant found on some Android smartphones along with the chat style functionality offered in Google Allo’s version of Assistant. That should help remove some of the awkwardness that some feel when talking to a virtual assistant - especially in public places. 

While it's a great UI, what kind of commands can Google Assistant help you with? It can make phone calls, send text messages and emails, set reminders and calendar events, control music, navigate to destinations and, of course, answer almost any random question you can think of (like the distance between the Earth and the Sun, or what the weather is like today). 

As well as that, you'll be able to control an array of compatible smart home devices, offering an alternative to Apple's Home app

While that may be an impressive roster, Google says Assistant is somewhat limited when compared to its Android counterpart due to API restrictions on iOS. While it can do general things like control your music and send messages, it can't perform other simple tasks like toggling off Wi-Fi or setting alarms.

There's also the issue of not being able to remap the Home button from Siri to Google Assistant, meaning it's never going to be as simple to access as Apple's virtual assistant. We've compared Siri and Google Assistant in more detail, showcasing the strengths and weaknesses of each virtual assistant.