Google Assistant, which this week started rolling out to Android phones with Marshmallow and Nougat, could one day be found on Apple’s iPhone.
When asked at Mobile World Congress about the possibility of Google Assistant making the move to the iPhone, Google’s product management director Gummi Hafsteinsson said, "I do not think we have anything to announce at this point. But I think the general philosophy is that we would like to have the Assistant available to as many people as possible."
It appears Hafsteinsson and Google are leaving open the door to a possible release on Android’s main rival handset in the future.
While Apple’s rules prevent third party voice assistants working on iOS, Google already offers feature rich versions of its apps for iPhone users, including Google Now.
Apple would be unlikely to countenance any move at the moment, with its own Siri lagging well behind Google Assistant. The latter is capable of holding context-aware conversations, while the former can only answer questions separately.
Google Assistant is available now on the Pixel, Pixel and upcoming LG G6, with other Android phones receiving the service imminently.