Personal Assistants are nothing new to us and has been available for quite a while now. We saw the first integration of Google Now all the way back in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on 2012 and Siri has been available since 2011 integrated with the iPhone 4S. Since then we have come a long way and have been seeing significant changes on these assistants. But the one to break the norm and move ahead of the general Q&A assistant to AI-powered more immersive tool is the almighty Google Assistant.
Google Assistant which was till now only available for Pixel Devices, Android Wear 2.0, Allo App and Google Home is finally coming to the phones of general users who are running Android Marshmallow or Higher on their device. The update is slowly rolling out and has been available for USA, Canada, Australia and UK and soon will hit different regions. You will automatically get notified about the Google Assistant with an upgrade to your Google Play Services.
Google Now Vs. Google Assistant
Till now, many of us are confused about the Google Now, Google Now on Tap and the Google Assistant and why wouldn’t you be? Google Assistant is just an upgraded version of the Google Now. They perform most of the things almost the same and is activated with the same ‘Ok Google’ voice command. But to differentiate, Google Now just answers your immediate questions and shows you a Google Search result for that, while with Google Assistant the experience is more engaging/humanly and gives results with more details and personalized suggestions.
Google Assistant does so by remembering your past queries and facts like your birthdays, favorite foods and so on and comes up with personalized results based on that. You can have more humanly conversation and play games with the Google Assistant unlike in Siri and Cortana.
Google wants to power as many devices as it can with the Google Assistant. Google Assistant is getting more intelligent than ever with its deep learning algorithm and now can be integrated with a lot of third-party applications. Google is also trying to provide the experience in most of the countries in their native language. Google Assistant even supports Hindi now, so we can hope for the Nepali integration anytime soon in the future.