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Google Tipped To Bring AI Assistant To iOS

With Google’s IO 2017 conference only a few days away, one of the event’s big announcements looks have slipped out early.

According to reports out of Android Police, “Google plans to announce that the Google Assistant will be launching on iOS soon as a standalone app.”

They say the new app will likely feature a blend of the “chat” style functionality in the Google Allo version of Assistant and the voice-controlled version found on Android.

They add that it’s expected to roll out to the US first, before expanding to other markets.

Expect a confirmation one way or the other by the end of the week.

Google has made strides with Google Assistant since it began rolling the feature out with its Pixel phones and Nougat OS in February.

At that time, Google’s Gummi Hafsteinsson said that “our goal is to make the Assistant available anywhere you need it. It came to Android Wear 2.0—via new smartwatches—just a few weeks ago and, as we previewed in January, the Assistant is also coming to TVs and cars. With this update, hundreds of millions of Android users will now be able to try out the Google Assistant. What will you ask first?”

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