Google Assistant is #3 in Top 10 AI Assistants
Virtual assistant integrated in conversational user interface products: Google Allo and Google Home. You can ask a question for an answer, and follow up with multiple questions, with Google picking the conversation out and returning the right answer.
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#3 in Top 10 AI Assistants
The best alternatives to Google Assistant are: Amazon Alexa, Bixby, Siri, Google Bard
Latest news about Google Assistant
2023. Google Assistant is getting AI capabilities of Bard
Google Assistant is now paired with Bard, that provides it generative AI technologies. The enhanced assistant can now handle a wider array of questions and tasks, delving into your Google apps such as Gmail and Google Drive to provide tailored responses to your queries, provided you opt-in for this service. For instance, you could inquire about your important unread emails from the past week, and the digital assistant can retrieve the relevant emails for you. Besides managing your inbox, this expanded functionality can also be utilized for personal tasks like planning trips, creating grocery lists, or composing social media captions. Google intends to observe how users interact with Assistant with Bard through this experimental launch before making the feature widely available on Android and iOS platforms.
2022. Google is integrating Assistant and Calendar reminders with Tasks
Currently, Google Tasks operates independently, separate from other Google services. While you can create tasks, subtasks, and set reminders in the Google Tasks iOS and Android apps, as well as through a side panel in Gmail or Google Drive on the web, these reminders don't seamlessly appear in your Assistant reminders. Furthermore, Google Calendar offers separate options for creating tasks and reminders, potentially causing confusion among users. To address this, Google is planning an update that will be rolled out in the coming months. Once implemented, when users set a reminder using Google Assistant, it will be visible in both the Tasks and Calendar lists. Additionally, users will receive a notification for task completion reminders at the designated time.
2020. Google Assistant can now use your voice to verify purchases
Making purchases using your voice may offer convenience, but it lacks adequate security measures. Google aims to address this concern by introducing an optional voice verification test when utilizing Assistant. This new security feature relies on Google Assistant's Voice Match and is gradually being rolled out through a limited pilot program. The program aims to assess the effectiveness of this feature on smart speakers and smart displays. Recently, the Voice Match training feature was updated to include specific phrases, enabling Assistant to accurately identify the speaker. With improved accuracy, Google now considers Voice Match as a reliable additional layer of security.
2020. Google Assistant on Android can now read entire web pages to you
Google has begun the rollout of a new feature that allows Google Assistant to read entire web pages aloud. This functionality includes highlighting the text and automatically scrolling the page as it reads, making it easier for users to follow along with the story. Additionally, the read speed can be adjusted to suit individual preferences. If the web page is in a different language than the user's default setting, Google Assistant can automatically translate more than 40 languages into the preferred language. This feature is compatible with most modern Android phones, dating back to Android 5 (Lollipop).
2020. Google Assistant will be able to read texts
Google has introduced a new feature for Google Assistant on Android phones, transforming it into an advanced screen reader. By simply saying "Hey Google, read this," the Assistant will locate the main text on the webpage or article you are viewing and read it aloud to you. While screen readers have been available on phones before, Google claims to have enhanced the Assistant's capability to analyze sentences, resulting in more natural and human-like speech patterns. However, the most impressive aspect of this feature is that you can also request the Assistant to read the content in a different language, with support for up to 42 languages.
2018. Google Assistant gets custom routines and schedules
Google has recently introduced two new features for Google Assistant: custom routines and schedules, each providing unique ways to automate regular tasks. With custom routines, users can execute multiple commands with a single custom phrase. For instance, saying "Hey Google, I'm awake" can unsilence your phone, turn on the lights, and read the latest news. On the other hand, schedules allow the automation of a series of commands at specific times and on specific days, eliminating the need for manual activation. With schedules, tasks can be executed without the user having to utter a command. These additions enhance the convenience and efficiency of using Google Assistant for managing daily activities.
2018. Google Assistant arrives on iPad
Google Assistant has expanded its availability by launching on the iPad, enabling users to control their smart home, make calls, send texts, set reminders, and more directly from their Apple tablet. This feature is now accessible on iOS devices in multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish, as highlighted by Google. The arrival of Google Assistant on iPad offers a similar experience to its iPhone counterpart, with the main difference being the larger screen and support for iPad-exclusive features such as multitasking with a split screen. While smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple's HomePod gain popularity, voice assistants have even greater potential for widespread usage through mobile devices. It's worth noting that the Alexa app and Google Assistant may not be as readily accessible on iOS devices like the iPad compared to Siri, which can be activated with a simple button press or the voice command, "Hey Siri."
2018. Google Assistant adds Routines and location-based reminders
Google Assistant is introducing two exciting additions: Routines and location-based reminders. Routines empower users to create personalized commands and receive tailored responses. For instance, by saying "OK Google, I'm home," one can activate the lights, adjust the thermostat, and play music simultaneously. This feature was initially announced by rival Alexa in September 2017. Additionally, location-based reminders will soon be available. Although already present in Google Assistant on smartphones, it will now be seamlessly integrated into Google Home devices. Alongside these updates, Google has also recently revealed plans for multilingual support and the inclusion of more languages for Google Assistant.
2016. Google opens Assistant to third-party developers
Google Assistant, Google's AI-powered virtual assistant comparable to Alexa and Siri, takes center stage in the newly announced Pixel phone. Following in the footsteps of Alexa, Google plans to allow third-party integration with its intelligent assistant. The company's response to Amazon's Skills is called Actions on Google, despite its seemingly passive name. This program grants developers access to Assistant's software development kit (SDK) starting from December. Through this SDK, developers will have the capability to create two types of actions: Direct and Conversation. Direct actions involve straightforward requests, such as home automation, while Conversation actions facilitate dynamic interactions utilizing the API.ai platform.
2016. Google Assistant arrives in new messenger Allo
Google is set to launch its AI-centric messaging app called Allo for both iOS and Android platforms. The highlight of this app is the inclusion of Google Assistant, a new conversational assistant powered by artificial intelligence. Unlike traditional messaging bots with limited capabilities, Google Assistant offers much more functionality. There are two ways to interact with Google Assistant. You can directly chat with it, as it appears alongside your other conversations within the app. Alternatively, you can summon it while conversing with friends by initiating a message starting with @Google. In both cases, Google Assistant can assist with a wide range of tasks that would typically require a Google search, such as translations, conversions, directions, flight statuses, and even photo recognition. Currently, it is in the "preview" stage, with Google planning to extend this feature to numerous other products in the future.
2016. Google launched virtual assistant called Google Assistant
Google has introduced its own voice-based digital assistant called Google Assistant, which surpasses Siri and Cortana in terms of intelligence. You can pose a question and receive an answer, as well as ask follow-up questions, with Google comprehending the conversation and providing accurate responses. Google Assistant will be integrated into the new Google messaging app, Allo, and will actively participate in conversations, automatically offering assistance on topics such as dinner reservations that the group is discussing. Additionally, it will fetch relevant external information, such as restaurant cards (similar to those found in Google Now and search results), and seamlessly guide users through specifying the number of diners, preferred dining time, and making reservations through Open Table.
2015. Android Marshmallow features supercharged Google Now
The introduction of Now on Tap in the latest Android version (Marshmallow) enhances the user experience by providing additional information with a single tap, regardless of the user's activity—be it texting, listening to music, or reading news. Initially, this feature will be exclusive to Nexus devices as they are the first to receive the Marshmallow update. Now on Tap can be thought of as an enhanced, opt-in version of Google Now, which actively delivers search results based on your past actions. In previous Android versions, Google Now would notify you about traffic conditions for your commute home or suggest a playlist from your music apps as you leave the office.