Siri gets competition as Google Assistant heads to the Apple iPhone

Isaac Cain
May 19, 2017

Google's next platform is all about machine learning and natural language processing.

The Android operating systems that now drive Google's dominance are largely designed for high-end devices in the US and Europe. Secondly, you can not use the hot word "OK Google", to trigger Google Assistant anywhere outside the app.

In a bid to bring Android to millions of entry level phones across the world, Google on May 17 unveiled a scaled-down version of its popular Android OS, which with its nifty optimisations promises to bring better functionality to smartphones at an affordable price.

Google Home was originally the physical embodiment of the Google Assistant technology, but Assistant has since expanded to be so much more with Home leading the charge.

Google will soon be applying a layer of artificial intelligence to all of its products.

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The Mountain View search giant has also stated that Assistant can be coupled with Google Lens and now allows users to search for various objects using the smartphone's camera.

Google did not go into detail regarding Android O's other features, and is probably saving that for a later day when it officially starts rolling out the final build. You just put it on and it works out of the box.

"As we continue to pursue innovations that meet consumer needs and improve their lives, the activation of Google Home capabilities delivers on what we know is an increasing consumer desire to interact with appliances in new and unique ways", Dibkey said.

Another massive barrier destroyed is the Assistant's move to the iPhone. Google is releasing its voice-controlled assistant on a free app designed for iPhone's operating system - basically competing with Apple's assistant on her own turf.

Google Assistant is now available on iPhones and in order to access the virtual AI from Google, iPhone users simply need to open up the Google App and press the voice button to speak with the Assistant. Even more important is Google's expansion of proper "Assistant actions" support on phones - letting you control devices and make device-specific queries of Assistant on your phone the exact same way you can on Google Home. Google didn't comment on the timing of the devices or the partners it may pick.

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