In a bid to compete with Siri, Google announced that the Google Assistant app will be rolled out for iOS devices for customers based in the Germany, France and the UK. The search-engine giant had launched the assistant app for iOS users in the US recently. Moreover, the company also announced the availability of the voice-enabled digital assistant to more than 100 million devices by the end of 2017.
The main strategy of the company to encourage users to work with the Google Assistant instead of Siri. We expect users to test drive the assistant as and when it is rolled out but we don’t think it will replace Siri.
The Google Assistant will be assigned to the Physical home button to replace Siri. It will be also possible to add Google Assistant widget. The Google Assistant works by making effective use of search smarts to enable you to fetch information quicker than a conventional search engine.
Expected to be compatible with iOS 9.1 and above, the Google Assistant will be able to work with a wide range of iPhone and iPad devices. The widget can be accessed from the relevant panel located on the Apple’s notification center.
Meanwhile, Samsung also launched Bixby voice assistant, which was made available with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices. The Bixby was also introduced to the recently launched Galaxy Note 8. Going forward, we can expect the introduction of Samsung Bixby in all premium flagship smartphones.
There are reports that Google is planning to release a new headphone powered by Google Assistant. It will be possible to interact with the assistant and get answers just by wearing the headphone. According to 9to5google, the teardown of the Google app 7.10 APK revealed the presence of Bisto, which is expected to be a codename for Google Assistant-enabled headphones.
It is to be noted that Samsung Bixby has surged into the world of digital assistants and has proven to compete heavily with the likes of Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant. However, the market share of Bixby is comparatively lesser as the devices are very costly and are not affordable for budget-conscious customers.
Google, on the other hand, has been able to tap into a huge base of customers because it is available in all budget smartphones. Samsung should introduce Bixby in budget handsets to enable users to make use of them without investing huge amount of cash.
The digital helping software such as Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri works by making use of voice commands instead of typed content. The tool also recognizes images and location to generate the relevant output.