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If you haven't heard of it, Google Assistant is Google's version of Siri, but it's smarter. It's better at things like natural language, allowing you to ask questions and get answers for things like: "Who invented the telephone?"
Google, in that case, says the answer is "Alexander Graham Bell and Antonio Meucci" while Siri just delivers a Wikipedia result that mentions both names. But it can also do other things, like control the Chromecast in your house, play tunes from the music service of your choice instead of just Apple Music.
You might already use Google Assistant. While it's the default option on most Android phones, it's also what powers the Google Home speaker and other devices. If you haven't tried it, it's worth testing just to see how much better Google can be at understanding what you're asking.
There has long been a Google Assistant app for iPhone, but you previously had to open the app or use a widget to access the service. Now, you can call it up by voice through Siri.
Let me show you how.
You'll see a screen that looks like this:
That's it. Now you can call up Google Assistant by saying this phrase:
"Hey Siri, OK Google."
I know. It's silly. But it works, so long as you give yourself about a second between saying "OK Google" and speaking your next question, so that the app has a chance to open.
That's it. If you want to use Google Assistant instead of Siri, now you can do it by voice.