Google will soon be removing support for the Google Assistant through headphones in conjunction with an iPhone or iPad. The date for the end of support is December 7th. The whole thing has caused a lot of trouble for Google.
Nevertheless, the group is continuing with its plan to only offer the full usability of the voice assistant via Android smartphones and tablets. Google had already announced in August of this year that users who use Google Assistant-enabled headphones to give voice commands will no longer be able to do this from an iPhone or iPad in the future. There was no explanation – it was only confirmed that Google Assistant support for iOS will end in December.
Shortly after the termination of support was announced, the EU’s competition watchdogs revealed that they were looking into Google’s criteria for its virtual assistant. The European Commission has opened a probe into Google’s conduct in regard to the Google Assistant. The competition authorities declared in June that they had received complaints from market players alleging that the exclusivity of some voice assistant products on specific platforms was causing issues. It will become even more exclusive as of December 7th, when Google will restrict more users from the platform.
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Important: For iPhone and iPad owners, the Assistant functionalities available through headphones will change on December 7, 2021. On December 7th, you won’t be able to perform the following Assistant capabilities with headphones on iPhones and iPads:
- Listen to audio announcements on your smartphone regarding upcoming alerts.
- Press and hold the Assistant button on your headphones to talk to Assistant.
- Other functions, like as Siri, that don’t require the Assistant will still be accessible through your headphones.
- When your headphones are linked to a suitable Android smartphone or tablet, Google Assistant functionality will still be available.