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Google Home More Accurate Than Alexa At Answering Your Questions

Tyler Lee June 27, 2017

The launch of the first Amazon Echo was surprising in a couple of different ways. For starters a smart speaker with a virtual assistant was something not many people had expected Amazon to have been working on. Secondly the ease of use of the Echo and Alexa was also what helped drive the device’s popularity, which in turned prompted similar devices from competitors.

One of those competitors is Google who launched the Google Home, and it seems that if you’re still a bit torn between deciding on the Google Home or the Amazon Echo, a recent study could help you make your decision. In a recent study done by 360i, it was found that the Google Home was six times more accurate than Alexa at answering your questions.

By that we don’t mean that it is more accurate at picking up your voice and “hearing” you, but rather it is more accurate in the sense that it will give users better results for the things that they ask. Given that Google’s claim to fame was and still is their search engine, this should hardly come as a surprise, although AdWeek notes that RBC Capital Markets is still projecting that Alexa-powered devices will generate as much as $10 billion in revenue for the company by 2020.

However we guess search is one of the features when considering such devices. For example some might also want to factor in the sound quality of the speakers (something that Apple is boasting its upcoming HomePod will be better at), design, price, size, and so on, but if search is one of the primary features that you want a smart speaker, it looks like Google could be a better option.

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Microsoft Trying To Make Cortana More Like Google Assistant

Tyler Lee June 9, 2017

While pretty much every company out there is putting out a digital voice assistant of their own, it seems that for the most part, they all function in different ways. For example Google Assistant can be used with voice and text, where users can actually talk to Google Assistant by typing out their commands.

Apparently this conversation-like feature is something that Microsoft thinks is a good idea because in a report from Windows Central, they are claiming that Microsoft is trying to make Cortana more like Google Assistant by introducing a conversational UI. This means that if true, users in the future can speak to Cortana like they would when texting a real person, and it will be able to return similar information as if you were to use your voice.

This is similar to chatbots where users can speak to bots via text form to ask them things like the weather, flight availability, reserving a table, and so on, and it is also a feature we’re seeing Apple introduce to Siri in iOS 11. This will be handy for situations where you don’t want to use your voice, or like with Google Assistant, where it is integrated into the OS and it will be smart enough to know when you’re trying to make a dinner reservation and will be able to offer a helping hand.

It is unclear when these changes to Cortana will be made and when they will be rolled out, but if this is a feature you think might come in handy, then you’ll probably want to keep an eye out for it if and when it is released.

Microsoft Trying To Make Cortana More Like Google Assistant , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Assistant Now Provides Topical Word Suggestions

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017


Google has gradually been improving its artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant called Google Assistant. Just last week, it announced that users will now be able to type in their commands to Assistant if they don’t want to use voice commands. Assistant is also capable of offering users topical next-word keyboard suggestions so that they can punch in their commands quickly by relying on these suggestions.

This feature depends on the kind of keyboard being used on the Android device. Gboard users will see the suggestions line disabled entirely and Assistant’s suggestions will be shown in that place instead.

Users who have a third-party keyboard installed on their device, like Swiftkey, will see proposed next-word suggestions from Google Assistant in another line above the keyboard’s own suggestions.

Having two rows of suggestions on top of a virtual keyboard that already takes up considerable screen real estate isn’t exactly ideal implementation, therefore, those who want to take advantage of this feature will be better off with Gboard.

Next-word suggestions from Google Assistant appear to be very similar to autocompete queries that are displayed when using Google search. They vary depending on the context.

This feature is now live and accessible to all those who have an Android smartphone that’s compatible with Google Assistant.

Google Assistant Now Provides Topical Word Suggestions , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Assistant Beats Out The Competition In Understanding Accents

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

Just because you speak English it doesn’t mean that your English sounds the same compared to the person standing next to you. This is because there are variances like the timbre in your voice, your upbringing, your gender, and of course things like race and heritage play a part in the way you sound.

This clearly presents as a challenge when developing voice-based software in which developers need to ensure that their software can understand as many accents as possible. That being said, which software works the best? That’s what the folks at WIRED tried to found out in a test in the video above, where they took a bunch of participants with various accents and tested them out on the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s Siri.

For anyone who’s used Google Now or Google Assistant, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that Google Assistant came out on top in the test. Participants were told to deliberately mispronouncing words and names to see if the software could catch on, and for the most part Google Assistant held its own and stumbled a bit when it came to Italian accents.

Apple’s Siri came in second while Amazon’s Alexa platform performed the worst of the three, although we guess to be fair Amazon’s entrance into the voice recognition software was recent, so perhaps with time we can expect improvements to be made to Alexa.

Google Assistant Beats Out The Competition In Understanding Accents , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Soon You’ll Be Able To Send Money Using Google Assistant

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

Sending money over instant messenger isn’t a new feature. In fact we’ve seen quite a few platforms support the feature, such as with Facebook Messenger and Gmail, and soon it seems that you can use Google Assistant to perform such actions too, as confirmed by Google on its Android Developers blog.

According to Google, “In the upcoming months, we’ll also enable people in the U.S. to send or receive payments via the Google Assistant. On your Google Home or Android device, it’s as simple as saying “Ok Google, send $10 to Jane for pizza.” All you need is a debit card linked to your Google account.”

As you can see from the GIF on the right, using your voice is just the first step and users will need to use their fingerprints to verify and authenticate themselves before the transfer takes place. This means that users won’t need to go through separate apps or swap between multiple apps and remember account numbers to make transfers.

Of course all of this is designed to keep users within Google’s ecosystem, but we can imagine that it will be much more convenient. No word on when the feature will roll out so we guess users will just have to keep an eye out for it.

Soon You’ll Be Able To Send Money Using Google Assistant , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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LG And GE To Add Support For Google Assistant In Their Appliances

Tyler Lee May 18, 2017

Google Assistant was originally designed to live on smartphones and the Google Home, but given how we’re starting to see home appliances starting to integrate Amazon’s Alexa AI, we guess it isn’t surprising to learn that both LG and GE have announced that they are planning to integrate Google Assistant into their home appliances.

The best part is that it seems that the companies are planning on updating their existing line of products to make them compatible with Google Assistant and Google Home, which means that you won’t have to purchase brand new equipment if your current appliance is already supported with the upcoming feature.

This includes appliances such as fridges, ovens, washers, dryers, and so on. However before you get too excited at the prospect of being able to speak to your washer and tell it to start washing your clothes, users will still need a device like Google Home or their phone in order to communicate with their appliances, but basically with the integration of Google Assistant, the company plans on making it a one-stop shop, kind of like what the Home app is for iOS devices.

LG is expected to roll out support later this month, while GE has stated that support should have already begun rolling out.

LG And GE To Add Support For Google Assistant In Their Appliances , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Assistant For Android TV Launching This Year

Adnan Farooqui May 17, 2017


Google has made some interesting announcements today at the I/O 2017 developers conference. The company has confirmed that Google Assistant for Android TV is going to be released later this year. It’s no surprise that Google is expanding its AI-powered assistant to more platforms, it was only a matter of time before it did that.

The company shared some information about Android TV’s progress at I/O 2017 today. It revealed that the Play Store now hosts more than 3,000 Android TV apps.

Google’s vice president of engineering for Android Dave Burke confirmed on stage at I/O 2017 today that Google Assistant is going to be released for Android TV later this year. He also mentioned that Assistant will be accompanied by a brand new launcher for Android TV.

Another interesting figure that the company revealed during the event today was that it’s seeing more than one million Android TVs coming online every two months. That’s significant in its own right and goes to show that Google has hit the ground running with Android TV.

Google is yet to confirm precisely when this update is going to be released for Android TV so it’s unclear right now how long users will have to wait before they get Assistant and a brand new launcher on their smart TV.

Google Assistant For Android TV Launching This Year , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Assistant Picks Up New Features, Launches On iPhone

Adnan Farooqui May 17, 2017


At its I/O 2017 developers conference today, Google announced that it’s adding a handful of new features to Google Assistant. The company also confirmed reports that Assistant will be making its way to the iPhone as a standalone app. Google has confirmed today that Google Assistant is being launched for iPhones as a separate app.

Users can schedule new calendar appointments and create reminders using Google Assistant on Google Home starting today. Support for more than 70 smart home partners means that Google Assistant can now control a wide variety of smart connected devices. It’s also possible to type your query to Google Assistant on smartphones starting today.

In the coming months, Assistant will be able to connect the user to mobile phones or landlines in the United States and Canada for free. No setup, phone or additional app will be required for this feature.

Google Home is getting Bluetooth support so that it can be used to play audio from any mobile device. Visual responses from Assistant on TVs will be added later this year as well. This way, Assistant answers will be displayed on the big screen when a Chromecast is plugged in.

Google Assistant is making its way to the iPhone today. It’s going to be available for iPhones running on iOS 9.1 and up. The app will be available later today from the App Store.

The AI-powered smart assistant from Google is soon going to be rolled out to eligible Android smartphones in Brazilian Portuguese, French, German and Japanese. It will have support for Italian, Korean, and Spanish by the end of this year.

Google Assistant Picks Up New Features, Launches On iPhone , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Assistant For iOS Launch Expected Soon

Adnan Farooqui May 15, 2017


A new report claims that Google Assistant for iOS launch is going to take place soon. It may be announced as soon as this week at Google’s I/O developer conference. Assistant is reportedly going to be launched as a standalone app for iOS. Details are slim at this point in time but if an announcement is due soon, there’s not going to be a better stage than I/O 2017 for Google to make it.

AndroidPolice hears from a trusted source that Google Assistant launch for iOS may take place as soon as this week. It will be launched as a standalone app for Apple’s mobile platform.

The app is reportedly going to offer a mix of the chat style features in the Google Allo version of Assistant and the voice-enabled version found on Android. This isn’t confirmed, though, so the final implementation could end up being different.

The report also mentions that the Google Assistant for iOS launch is only going to be limited to the United States initially. It remains to be seen how long the company will take to expand it to other markets across the globe.

Google should make the announcement at I/O 2017 if one really is due. It’s the company’s software-focused event so it’s the appropriate place to make an announcement like this.

Google Assistant For iOS Launch Expected Soon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Home Now Offers Access To Over 5 Million Recipes

Adnan Farooqui April 26, 2017

Devices like Google Home are great for use in the kitchen. They’re powered by artificial intelligence-backed smart assistants that can help with simple queries like how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon or even provide full recipes for delicious meals. Google Home is now much better at helping out in the kitchen. Google today announced that it has increased the number of recipes available on Google Assistant, which powers Google Home, to more than 5 million.

Google Home users can access this massive library of recipes which coves more than 5 million meals by simply issuing voice commands to the device. Commands like “Ok Google, let’s made pizza” will work perfectly.

Alternatively, users can find these recipes through the Google Search app on iOS and Android. Once they find the one they link, it can easily be sent to Google Home with just one tap. Google Assistant will then automatically start working through the recipe when it hears the voice command “Ok Google, start cooking.”

The assistant will divide the recipe into a number of steps that users can also ask it to repeat or check back on by mentioning the relevant step number in their voice command. It’s not like Google Assistant wasn’t able to provide access to some recipes in the past but this new update is definitely going to make it very useful in the kitchen.

It’s pulling these recipes from the likes of Bon Appetit and Food Network so there’s bound to be something for everyone. This feature will be live on all Google Home devices as well as the Google Assistant app in the coming weeks.

Google Home Now Offers Access To Over 5 Million Recipes , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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