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No better search engine of answering for any question that you have.
Google has brought a powerful set of data tools to the home assistant category that it’s going to be hard for Amazon Echo to match.
Google has been using its deep search experience–the social graph that Google bots have scraped on the web–as a secret sauce in its products. Home is no different. It has a vast pool of information, aka Knowledge Graph, to search through for the right answers. The more random the question, the more Google Assistant will outperform Alexa.
Unlike today’s search box, the Google Assistant learns about you from your behavior. It will know you’re a vegetarian, so won’t recommend steakhouses for dinner. It will understand context: If you’ve just bought Golden State Warriors tickets, the next time you mention Curry, it will know you’re talking about Steph and not Thai curry.
Why is it so key for speech recognition to work as well as possible with Assistant?
Assistant is based on understanding what someone said and then taking action based on that understanding. It’s so critical that the interaction is very smooth. You only decide to do something by voice that you could do with your fingers if it provides a benefit. If you speak to a machine, and you’re not confident it can understand you quickly, the delight disappears.
Google Assistant: Your own personal, helpful Google ready to assist
Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Enter the Google Assistant, which is conversational, personal and helps you get things done—from telling you about your day to taking a selfie. Whether you need to know how to say “nice to meet you” in Korean or just a simple reminder to do laundry when you get home, your Assistant can help.
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Here are a few other things to try out and get started:
- Hey Google, what’s my confirmation number for my London flight?
- Hey Google, take me to Museu Picasso.
- Hey Google, show my photos of sunsets in Tahoe.
- Hey Google, do I need an umbrella today?
- Hey Google, turn on the living room lights.
‘Make Google Do It’ highlights the versatility of Google Assistant, by demonstrating how it can help to “Play it. Skip it. Time it. Dial it. Forecast it. Remember it. Schedule it. Prep it. Do it and the variety of everyday tasks that Google Assistant can help with, at the moment you need it most.
Bogged down in minutiae?
Update: 2021-10-13 Happy 5th birthday, Google Assistant!
Google Assistant was launched five years ago — and back then, it sometimes felt a bit strange to ask our devices for help. Now, digital assistants are part of daily life for millions of people around the world. In fact, Google Assistant has helped answer billions of questions, send millions of messages, make millions of recipes, set billions of reminders and much more (hands-free!).
In its early days, Assistant offered just two voices, was available on Google Home speakers in the U.S. and supported English and German on Pixel phones. Now,
Google Assistant is available in over 90 countries in nearly 30 languages, offers 10 voices to choose from and works with more than 100 million smart home devices.
Google Assistant is like a parent who is always willing to give an answer and never gets tired.
We installed five Google Nest/Home devices in our house. One each in the master bedroom, kitchen, office and one each went in both our kids’ rooms. Knowing that asking Google any question was just a simple request away, I was eager to see how the family would adjust to having a friendly assistant ready at any time to go fetch answers. What I’ve seen is that the devices are used throughout the day, and, often, the kids talk to Google before they talk to me.
Kids use the Google Homes to confirm math homework answers to see if they are right, or ask it to sub in if an equation is too hard, or if they are unsure of spelling. Do they always get the question perfectly right? No. But the device tries its best to guess and provide the answer – or pushes for another try. “Sorry. I don’t understand?” or “Try again in a few seconds.”
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Try asking “Hey Google, Happy Birthday” or “Hey Google, how old are you?” for a timely surprise.
A million things made easier… like sending someone flowers, or remembering what you need at the store. Get the Google Assistant and Make Google Do It. Your own personal, helpful Google Assistant is available across a number of devices and languages— available on Google Home, Nest Audio/Mini/Hub speakers, Google Messages, Pixel Phone, Pixel Buds, Pixelbook, Google TV, Wear OS, Android Auto, Android smartphones(5.0+), tablets(7.0+) and iOS smartphones and iPad.
So now the question is, what will you ask your Assistant first?
Instead of just playing “study music”, she can’t be an assistant who is able to quiz and review homework. I can see students cheat by asking Google for answers to solve math problems. Google would be a great help if one is having problems with spelling words for a paper.
I have 4 in our house. 3 mini, one in each bedroom, and one in the kitchen that also can hear request from the living room. I love being able to hear music everywhere I go in the house or just in one location. The kids use it to play games or homework corrections. We also love the broadcast feature. It’s like having an in-house intercom. Google Assistant is awesome.