Those who own an iPhone and headphones with Google Assistant support will no longer be able to use the voice assistant. Google has cancelled the support of its assistant for Apple smartphones. In the future, the Google Assistant will only be available on an Android device.
Google Assistant features only on Android
In a support document, Google has revealed that its Google Assistant voice assistant features for headphones, in-ears or earbuds will only be available on Android devices starting December 07.
On Apple devices, the functions of compatible headphones can then no longer be used. Google does not reveal why the support for Apple devices will be discontinued.
Up to now, the voice assistant could be activated on many modern headphones, for example from Bose, Sony or JBL, via the push of a button or touch control. Different voice assistants were available: Besides Amazon‘s Alexa and Google Assistant, current headphones often offer the use of Apple’s own solution Siri.
Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri
Via voice control, commands can thus be easily executed on the smartphone without having to pick it up. On Android devices, Google Assistant is the digital assistant by default, while Apple devices use Siri.
In comparison, the Apple variant can be used exclusively on the manufacturer’s devices and is not available on Android. Google Assistant, on the other hand, could also be used on Apple devices, at least until recently.
Amazon’s Alexa solution is available on all platforms for compatible devices. The preferred voice assistant can simply be selected in the system settings.