So far, Google’s AI, the Google Assistant, has been in a fairly walled garden on mobile, with few third-party integrations.
Today at Google I/O 2017, however, the tech giant announced that Google Actions will work on both Android and iPhone mobile devices.
This gives Google an edge over Amazon Alexa when it comes to attracting developers, since developers that create actions for Google Assistant will now see their hard work go live across multiple platforms, not just primarily for the Google Home speaker. Alexa developers’ work has much less range.
During the keynote, Google demonstrated ordering a delivery from Panera through a mobile device.