Apple probably did not intend to allow competitors to take advantage of Siri's shortcuts in this way, but now they can start the Google Assistant on their iPhone saying: "Hey, Siri, well, Google " . Expect an impeccable experience: take several steps. After updating the Google Assistant application on iOS, you must open it to set up a new Siri shortcut for the Google assistant.
As its name suggests, Siri's shortcuts allow you to record custom phrases to initiate specific applications or functions. For example, you can create Siri shortcuts to play your favorite playlist, launch directions to a specific place, send text messages to someone and more. If you want to chain multiple actions, you can even create complicated algorithms using the Apple Shortcuts application.
By default, Google suggests the phrase "OK Google." You can choose something shorter or "Hey Google", for example. After configuring that, you can invoke Siri and use this custom phrase to start the Google application.
You may need to unlock your iPhone or iPad to allow iOS to open the application. The Google Assistant application then automatically listens to your query. Once again, you must pause and wait for the application to appear before saying your query.
This is a rather uncomfortable journey and I'm not sure many people will use it. But the fact that "Hey Siri, OK Google" exists is still a lot of fun.
In another note, the Google Assistant is still the worst when it comes to your privacy. The application pushes him to enable the "web and application activity", the infamous privacy destroyer that covers everything. If you activate that setting, Google will collect your search history, your Chrome browsing history, your location, your credit card purchases, and more.
It is a great example of dark pattern design. If you have not enabled the web activity and the application, there is a striking blue banner at the bottom of the application that tells you that you can "unlock more features of the Wizard".
get a little cartoon to distract yourself from the text. There is only one button, which says "More". If you touch it, the "More" button becomes "On". Many people are not even going to see "No, thanks" in the bottom left.
It is a classic method of persuasion. If someone asks you several questions and you say yes each time, you tend to say yes to the last question, even if you do not agree. He touched "Start" and "More", so you want to touch the same button one more time. If you say no, Google asks you one more time if you are 100% sure.
So be sure to read everything and understand that you are making a privacy compensation when using the Google Assistant.