smart assistant
April 23, 2020 / in IT Trends, / by Number8

Smart assistant software like Siri, Google, and Alexa have made life much easier for technology users. It is now possible to ask questions, look for directions, call people, or even send a message without physically interacting with your mobile device. Smart assistants have also expanded out of the mobile phone platform over the years. We now have smart speakers, devices like smart TVs, home security systems like Nest, and so much more. All of these devices are powered by Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa. Every AI assistant has something unique characteristics. Here's a brief comparison of each system.

Alexa

Alexa was developed by Amazon and introduced with the Echo speaker in 2014. Since then, it has become one of the most popular smart assistants available on the market. Alexa has the longest list of compatible devices. It works with FireStick, FireTV, Echo devices, and even third-party products like FitBit and some cars. That's one of Alexa’s biggest advantages. The compatibility with different devices ensures it is one of the more versatile and user-friendly products available today. Alexa can be used to perform several tasks like playing music, setting reminders, running timers, finding information, reading news briefings, and even shopping. You can use Alexa to buy products on Amazon without logging onto the app. However, Alexa isn't as genuinely mobile as Siri or Google Assistant. While there are ways to ingrate it with Google or Apple Devices, people often use it on native devices. If you're looking at a smart home assistant, Alexa is the best option. Alexa’s compatibility with Amazon FireTV or Stick makes it an excellent tool for regular users. They don't need to browse through content through a mobile phone or even use a remote. They can request different movies or shows through the smart assistant.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant may not be as popular as Alexa, but it is the most dynamic, versatile, and robust AI assistant available today. It was launched back in 2016 as a part of Google Now but has grown considerably since then. Google Assistant is highly compatible with a wide range of devices, including some third-party products. It works seamlessly with all other Google offerings like Play Music, YouTube, Google Calendar, Contacts, Gmail, and so much more. It is also compatible with home devices like Google Home Speakers, Nest, and a few other third-party devices. Some companies have incorporated the AI into their consumer electronics like Smart Displays, Wear OS watches, earbuds, headphones, Nvidia Shield, and more. Google Auto has gained popularity in the automobile industry and is used in many cars. This AI assistant does everything Alexa does, but it has a truly mobile reach. You can carry it with you on an Android device or even download it on an iOS device. The AI gives users access to Google Maps and other such useful applications while they’re outdoors.

Siri

Siri is a relatively popular and very well-known smart assistant, but it lags behind Google Assistant and Alexa in terms of both functionalities as well as compatibility. It is one of the oldest AI assistants and has a cult following among Apple users. It was first introduced back in 2010 and has evolved considerably over the years. Siri has a great personality, which is one of the reasons why it is so popular. It does all the tasks you can expect from a smart assistant but isn't as effective in pulling information or understanding commands as Google Assistant is. Unfortunately, this AI is also only available on Apple devices, so there is no third-party compatibility. All AI assistants are evolving constantly and will continue to become more refined as the years pass. As an information technology company with many years of experience, we’ve helped hundreds of clients leverage technology to become more efficient and increase profits. Interested in learning more? Let’s connect. Send us an email or give us a call and we can get the conversation started.

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