Google Search is becoming smarter and at the ongoing Google I/O 2016 CEO Sundar Pichai announced ‘Google Assistant’. Pichai talked about the rise in voice searches, and also said that voice search had been improved by over 25 percent recently. Google Assistant is a conversational assistant, Pichai has described it as a ‘seminal moment’ in the advancement of machine learning. Also Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android usersAlso Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
The Google Assistant is recognizable by its logo consisting of four circles. The interface is similar to a messenger, which encourages you to have a conversation with the virtual assistant. Pichai demoed the feature by asking Google who directed the movie The Revenant. Once Google Assistant had shown the results, Pichai continued the conversation by asking what other movie he directed. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
In essence, you can ask Google a question and then follow up with more questions. Google will automatically pick up the conversation and return the right answer. Google Assistant is not only a competitor to Cortana or Siri, but is also similar to the recently demoed Viv.
Viv has been developed by former Apple employee Dag Kittlaus and one of the co-founders of Siri. It can not only understand natural language and complex commands, but also extend its functionality with the integration of third-party services. Google also announced Google Home, which is similar to Amazon’s Echo and will be powered by Google Assistant.