7 ways Google's digital Assistant is hobbled on Apple's iPhone
7 ways Google's digital Assistant is hobbled on Apple's iPhone
19 May, 2017, 23:43
That's bad news for Google, which wants its voice-based technology everywhere. If you just say "Hey Google, please play music", Google will search for your enabled music service and play one of your favorite stations. GE, LG, and Whirlpool smart appliances can now be connected to the Google Home speaker you'll be buying soon enough.
It will be available to download on numerous two billion devices that now run on Android. If it has been resting on your desk, you may be talking to your Google Home instead.
Though to be fair, Android fans that may own a Chromebook, a Samsung tablet and an Apple iPhone for instance, Google Assistant will find a friend who's more familiar with Google Assistant and knows that over time Google's engineers will fix most of the short comings that Gurman has amply and glaringly pointed out. Artificial intelligence needs training to get better, and that means more interactions with humans. As emojis become an increasingly common tool for sharing emotions, the difference between Google blobs and other emoji platforms was causing communications breakdowns for users. Apple's Siri is making progress in this department but there's work to be done; ask Siri the second question and she replies "Okay, I found this on the web for "How tall is Canada".
It does let you input calendar appointments, set timers, jot down shopping lists, look up contacts, and get reminders, but all of that functionality works only with Google's own services. "Make me laugh" could bring up fail videos on YouTube. Also, when you first launch the Google Assistant app on your iPhone, you have to log in to a Google account.
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For users, the option to pay with Google means breezing through checkout without needing to remember and type multiple lines of payment details. If the phone is in your hand, chances are you want it to respond. Google will ship Lens initially with its digital assistant technology Google Assistant and with Google Photo. Apart from this feature, Google has also announces several other interesting updates for the Google Assistant.
The other thing worth mentioning is that you can't remap your Home button so that it launches an assistant other than Siri.
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