Its about time it came! Siri was talk of the town when it was launched. We still see many people go gaga over Siri’s antiques.
Android users have been waiting for Google to launch an equivalent of Siri, and looks like their wishes will finally be coming true. According to a post on Techcrunch, Google will be launching Google “Assistant” by fourth quarter of 2012.
The expected Google Assistant will probably be much more that what Siri does. According to TC post, Google Assistant will have three main parts:
1) It will collate world’s knowledge into a format a computer can understand.
2) Create a personalization layer — Experiments like Google +1 and Google+ are Google’s way of gathering data on precisely how people interact with content.
3) Build a mobile, voice-centered ‘Assistant’ that’s less about returning search results and more about accomplishing real-life goals.
In short, Google Assistant will be an voice recognition engine that will understand what you speak or ask and give you close to human answers by processing huge amount of content from different channels. Not only that, unlike Siri, Google Assistant will be open to third party developers, so that they can build interesting applications around it.
Just to take an example – if a racing game on Android is integrated with “Google Assistant” APIs, the user has to just say the commands, instead of pressing buttons or tilting the device. Games could be voice activated, so when you say “Jump”, “turn right” or “brake” – the game will actually understand and execute them as designed.
Additionally, as VB reported, Google Assistant will be able to tap Google’s powerful search engine for knowledge and integrate Google services like Gmail, Google+, and YouTube, making it easier than ever to do anything on your phone
Being an Android user for past 3 years, this is one feature I am personally looking forward to. It has potential to bring about a lasting change in the way we communicate with our mobile & other digital devices.