Your very own personal Google
Google has just announced its first ever smartphone, Pixel, alongside a line up of other exciting Google products. But we want to talk about the thing that ties them all together - Google Assistant.
Google has never had a conversational virtual assistant before, like Apple’s Siri or Windows’ Cortana. That is, until now. Google Assistant debuts on the recently announced Pixel and Pixel XL, offering a natural way of interacting with your Android device. And now you can ask it do more than ever before.
What does it do?
Because it’s powered by the seemingly infinite knowledge of Google, there’s very little it can’t do, or doesn’t know. Here are a few of things it can help you out with:
- Find translations in over 100 languages
- Request directions
- Ask it to remind you of a date, or remember something
- Make a dinner reservation
- Show you photos of something
- Play music
It’s also pretty good at understanding follow-up questions. For example, if you were to ask: “Which currency would I use in Mexico?” you could then ask afterwards “…and what’s the population of the capital?” without needing to remind it that you’re asking about Mexico.
Google Allo is the Mountain View’s answers to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Apple’s Messages, and it’s available on both Android and iOS. Yes, it’s another messaging service, but with a difference. Google Assistant is built in, and it can be summoned at any time by typing ‘@Google’ at the beginning of your message.
It can put those trivial disputes to bed, make a dinner reservation for you, or supply directions to a venue of your choice, among lots of other things, of course.
Read more about Google Allo here.
In the coming months we’ll see the release of Google Home, also powered by Google Assistant. The small speaker is always listening (but you can disable it if you want), and can communicate with the rest of your smart home stuff over Wi-Fi. So whether you need a personal alarm, the Phillip Hue lights turned down, or to send an email to John at the office, just tell Google. And it’s done.
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