The arrival of the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL is not merely about the search engine giant's promising flagships. It is also about the Google Assistant that is exclusively present in the new smartphones.
According to CEO Sundar Pichai, the virtual voice is everybody's personal Google. Although the assistant needs time to be fully engaging, it has a distinct advantage over Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana.
Due to its boundless access to Google search, the digital companion is in position to learn as many things as possible which means that, in time, it will be able to comprehend situations in advance. In a sense, the concept points to artificial intelligence through machine learning.
The primary advantage of Google Assistant is its full understanding of conversational English. Since word recognition is one of its strongest traits, users save the effort of repeating instructions.
A lot of trouble regarding virtual voices points to the incapability of the digital companion to be receptive. Changes in tones and accents have given Siri a hard time understanding given information. It is very seldom that Google Assistant gets confused about spoken directions.
Perhaps the only drawback at this point is the virtual voice's limited language files. Although, an expansive upgrade is underway, the assistant can only comprehend English and Hindi as of the moment.
Second, Google's digital helper provides better answers. Judging from the search engine's wide array of facts and details, this is not entirely surprising. Unlike Siri, which sends maps when asked about the age of a famous landmark, direct responses or feedbacks are automatically presented.
Third, Google Assistant instantly translates requested languages. The only problem with Google Translate is the act of typing but with the virtual voice around, interpreting something is as easy as saying translate this or that. Being incapable of translating, Apple's digital helper is utterly helpless.
Fourth, Google's digital guide finds videos better. Being connected to a search engine network is a huge advantage. Siri misinterprets inquiries if the things requested are way out of its range.
Fifth, in terms of researching occasions, events or celebrations, Google Assistant is able to track down details based on a user's time and location. In contrast, Apple's virtual voice can only provide answers in reference to what comes up on the Bing search engine.
Sixth, Google's digital assistant is quick on the trigger in terms of commanding for selfies. Within seconds, it is able to activate the camera app and have it snapping in no time. The best that Siri can do is to turn the front-facing camera on.
Lastly, Google Assistant has an efficient user network which means that its 'Google Now on Tap' feature allows data accessibility related to a current undertaking. Siri is just way behind on this.