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Google Assistant can now find an iPhone in silent mode

Google today announced a handful of new Assistant features, while making others more widely available. The biggest lets iPhone owners find misplaced devices using Google Smart Displays and speakers as Assistant Routines availability expands.

“Hey Google, find or ring my phone” is a very helpful command in the home. On Apple’s platform, Assistant currently places a regular phone call to your mobile number. The experience is more optimized on Android with the voice command working even if Do not disturb is switched on.

A similar capability is now coming to iOS through the Google Home app. Once users set up critical alerts, they can get “Finding your phone with Assistant” notifications that are accompanied by a custom ringing sound. It will play even if the iPhone is silenced and DND enabled. Behind the scenes, Apple looks to have granted the Home app a special alerts entitlement to bypass current device settings and trigger critical sounds.

Meanwhile, as Google previously telegraphed, Duplex on the web can help with takeout. When ordering from restaurants that appear in the Google app on Android, you’ll first make menu selections like normal.

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