Until now, Google Assistant on the phone have been an isolated app, as there hasn’t been an official way for apps and other third parties to interact with it. That changed today at the company’s I/O conference. The company announced that Google Actions will now work on both Android and iPhone.

With this step, Google now has a big advantage over Amazon Alexa. Actions created for company’s Home speaker will also work fine on mobile platforms, and the developers will also be able to do much more with the app as now they have full access to a screen for their chatbots.

You can now use keyboard to ask Google Assistant questions

Google’s demo on the stage included ordering delivery from Panera, while going through an entire ordering process via voice and tapping. Other actions will also be available on the Assistant, including a much wider array of smart home actions than before.

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