Google Assistant has something I want for Apple’s Siri and Reminders app. Assignable reminders. Think of the advantages. Simply tell Siri to have someone else do something and the action request shows up on their Reminders app. How cool is that?
Add a notification to it, maybe a reminder text message, and suddenly delegation has become a word I fully understand and embrace.
Why Google and not Apple?
It’s all about the ecosystem. Yes, Google has a walled garden, too, and if you’re into the Evil Ecosystem, have an Android smartphone household, and use Assistant instead of Siri, you get some of those advantages, too.
Assigning a reminder will send a notification directly to the person in question on both their phone and Assistant devices. The assignee is alerted immediately after the reminder is set and again at the due date/time and location.
God, I want one of those. Uh, well, sorry. Apple, I want assignable Reminders.
Think of the possibilities for family, friends, and the workplace. No longer do we need to talk with anyone. Just send out a request.
Hey Google, remind Greg to take out the trash at 8 p.m.
Damn, what’s not to like about that?
The problem is this is something from Google and the Assistant Reminders does not yet work on iPhones or iPads, but Google says it’s coming. All you need to get started is a Family Group, Google Accounts linked with Voice Match, and a Google Home.
OK, now it just got tricky and expensive.
Google hopes this functionality will improve collaboration and organization, especially ahead of the school season. For example, the company foresees people leaving encouraging notes: “Hey Google, remind Mary that she will do great on tomorrow’s exam.”
Since everyone I know– and most of their kids– have iPhones, and a few have Android phones, anything that resembles assignable reminders that is cross platform and easier to implement than Google’s typical hoop jumping process.
Apple, are you listening?
Hey Siri, send a reminder to Tim Cook to make sure Assignable Reminders shows up in iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina’s next app developer betas.