The Google Assistant -- get help anytime, anywhere

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Description of App: 

Meet your Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help.

Whether you need a reminder to pick up milk, help finding your travel photos or need to make a dinner reservation, your Assistant is ready to help. To get started, press the mic icon or start typing.

Some things your Assistant can help with:
- Make quick phone calls (e.g. "Call Mom.")
- Send text messages (e.g. "Text my bestie.")
- Send emails (e.g. "Email your boss the latest TPS report.")
- Set reminders (e.g. "Remind me to buy a birthday gift for Sarah.")
- Set calendar events (e.g. "Set a calendar event for dinner with Charlie tomorrow from 7-9.")
- Play music (e.g. "Play Jazz music on Youtube.")
- Navigate to places (e.g. "Get me directions home.")
- Ask it anything (e.g. "Will I need an umbrella today?")

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

1.0.609

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

10.3.2

Accessibility Comments: 

At the time of this writing, the Google Assistant for iOS isn't as accessible and polished as its Google Search counterpart. For instance, if you say the phrase "OK Google," you won't always here the sound indicating the activation of the microphone. Sometimes that sound is also played with a very low volume. Furthermore, the Google Assistant sometimes feels rather sluggish when swiping around -- especially while swiping from the Open microphone button at the bottom leftwards.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

If you're willing to deal with the relatively minor issues I mentioned above, the experience of using the Google Assistant will be quite refreshing. Just hope the access issues are taken care of by Google.