Now you can soon reply to messages without closing the Google Maps app. Google Assistant becomes part of Google Maps.
Google Maps and Google Assistant are two really popular apps available for both iOS and Android. Now the assistant moves in with Google Maps, which in future will make it possible to respond to messages without switching from Maps on the mobile screen.
It will also be possible to play music, share your location and much more. In short, it makes great sense to let Google Assistant become part of Google Maps. But there is also a deeper thought behind it.
In addition to being practical in having Google’s digital assistant ready in Google Maps, it also makes great sense for the very spread of it. In Android, the personal digital assistant is built into the entire system, which means you just have to press and hold the “home” button, then it pops up. It’s a bit different with iOS, where Google has been struggling to get more users to use their assistant.
On iOS it requires that you download a separate app from the App Store, which few people bother. Most recently, Google integrated their assistant into Apple’s assistant Siri which requires both Google’s Assistant app and people using Siri. In contrast, integration in Google Maps makes much more sense, as the card service is already being used on a large number of iOS devices and Android devices. If Maps is installed on your iPhone, then Google Assistant is there and ready to use.
At Google event at CES, the search giant told us that they had already finished integrating the assistant on both Android and iOS.