Google Assistant is an extension and replacement of Google Now. So now the question arises, what was Google Now? Basically, Google Now was a feature of Google App which predicts search results and updates based on the user’s search preferences. To understand Google Assistant, one must be familiar with a software agent naming ‘virtual assistant’. As the name suggests, Virtual Assistant is nothing but the substitution of personal assistant.
May 2016: Google Assistant was launched during Googles I/O developer conference as an integral part of Allo (the instant messaging application by Google) along with Google Home (the range of smart speakers by Google).
October 2016: After the initial success, Google Assistant put its step into the world of smartphones. At first stage, it was exclusively available on Google’s owned Pixel as-well-as Pixel XL and from here onwards after receiving the positive response from the users Google Assistant made available on other Android smartphones working on the operating system of Marshmallow and Nougat.
Apart from the smartphones, Google Assistant was also introduced on Google’s smartwatch Wear OS which was earlier known as Wear OS by Google and Android Wear. Additionally, Google made the announcement that Google Assistant will also be integrated with future variants of Android TV. During Consumer Electronic Shows, 2018 Google made the announcement that Google Assistant will also be part of upcoming versions of Google Auto.
May 2017: Within one year of introduction of the Google Assistant, Google targeted Apple’s users by announcing that a separate application will be released iOS.
October 2017: Google Assistant made its entry into the world of the laptop with a dedicated button in Google’s own Pixelbbok.
December 2017: Google finally announced that they’re ready to leave their footprints in the market of tablets also. At the same time, Google also announced that Android Lollipop users will also be able to explore Google Assistant on their smartphones.
January 2018: At Consumer Electronic Show, ‘smart displays’ embedded with Google Assistant launched.
Google Assistant is written in C++ language and comes up with multiple language support including English, Hindi, German, Indonesian, Italian, French, Korean, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese.
How does it work?
Google Assistant works on the two-way communication process which is a major upgrade over Google Now. Its natural language algorithm enables it to interpret the user’s voice and cross-questioning. It shows the search results in cards format. This voice understanding feature of the Google Assistant enables Google Home to accept the orders purely based on the voice of its users.
Google Assistant has also replaced the Google Keep by offering the service of notetaking. Google Assistant also carry the capability of accepting inputs from the keyboard, camera and other mediums.
Challenges and overtaking by Google Duplex
As shared at the beginning of this article, Google Assistant has replaced the Google Now and after the announcement made by Google in May 2018 Google Assistant will be replaced by the Google Duplex.
Google Duplex is an extension of Google Assistant which is coming up with jaw-dropping features. It’s going to mimic the human voice and very easily can add the fillers during the conversation with a human being. Google Duplex can book an appointment for its user, fix a meeting with user’s client, enquire the status of flight as per the instructions of the user. The way it has been brought into the market, it’s going to bring a new revolution.