Hey Siri Meet your New Best Friend, Google Assistant — Google I/O 2017 Day 1 Recap

There is a reason why you would make your way up all the way to Ireland and that is because of the current event that is going on which is Google I/O 2017. Every year from May 17-19 Google holds an event and keynote to launch and give an update on the products which they are working on. Varying from Google Photos to the brand new updated version of the Google Home. Everyone had really high hopes for this event just like they do for the Apple event but know one expected to hear this from Sundar Pichai who is currently the CEO of Google. There is something that Google released that is a huge and major competitor to Siri called the Google Assistant but now on the iPhone, I mean what the heck?.

Yesterday, Google started the event by showing a video and talking about ideas. And how they can turn into something big just like releasing the Google Home. After Sundar talks about the goals and milestones which they have reached and the things they will be talking about and releasing prior to those milestones. One that is mind blowing is the Google Home. If you don’t remember with the new refined version of the Chromecast, Google announced the Google Home, a competitor to the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. This gave them even a more massive amount of users and that is how they boosted up their sales. Prior to that yesterday, Google announced their new app called the Google Assistant which is basically the software on the Google Home but now an app on the iPhone. Siri finally gets a friend and she will not be lonely anymore. Google possibly released this to steal users from Siri. I mean how many iPhone users even use Siri. Let’s talk about the features of the Google Assistant app.

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The Google Assistant will allow you send messages, play music, check the weather, call anyone and email anyone. Obviously, though there are some barriers. The first one is that while Siri is implanted right into iOS, you’ll need to download Google Assistant as a separate app. Plus, accessing Siri is as easy as holding down the iPhone’s home button — while with Google Assistant (as with Cortana, Alexa, and all other third-party assistants), you’ll need to take the extra step of launching an app. If you have an Android phone, Google Assistant is ready to go without having to download anything at all. When you first launch Google Assistant it will ask for you Google account. This is to help the app email or access your drive through Google. Messaging is not super fast because once you say “Text Dad” it will take you to the messaging app. This makes things slow, whereas Siri can immediately text anyone without even opening the app. The thing that is the fastest is the calling. When you call someone it will trigger a noise and ask to cancel or confirm which will then call whoever you need to call. When I am playing music it will take me to the specific app which is a problem because it slows down the process.

Other than that there are features like a Your Stuff tab that lists your Reminders, Agenda, Shopping List and quick Shortcuts that you can add to customize Assistant. So, for example, you can say “Late again” to trigger an automatic text to your best friend that you’re running five minutes late. “Cheer me up” will automatically bring up a list of kitten videos on YouTube. This is super cool because you can quickly access somethings. More or less Google will obviously give you more accurate information on specific topics that is because it has Google Search built in the backend to help bring up data on a specific topic that you asked Google.

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Mostly other than that there were other major important things that I will be covering a new article, talking about the Android software and its new features.

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