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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.
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.
Try asking “Hey Google, Happy Birthday” or “Hey Google, how old are you?” for a timely surprise.
Google Assistant is already available across a number of devices and languages— on Google Nest/Home speakers, Google TV, Android Auto, Wear OS, Android smartphones(5.0+), tablets(7.0+) and iOS smartphones and iPad.
So now the question is, what will you ask your Assistant first?