The battle for AI supremacy is no longer about which device you
want to buy. First Microsoft’s Cortana made the leap from
Windows to the Android lock screen, and Android
followed up by integrating
Alexa into its shopping app. But now things are starting to
get really interesting as Google reportedly readies a major
push onto iOS.
Android Police, Google is planning to release a standalone
Assistant app on iOS, with an announcement possibly coming at
I/O this week. According to the report, “The app would likely
feature a blend of the “chat” style functionality in the Google
Allo version of Assistant and the voice-controlled version
found on Android,” but site cautions that “details are scant.”
Assistant on iOS would put some serious pressure on Siri. While
it wouldn’t be integrated as deeply as Apple’s AI, Assistant
would shine a spotlight on the many things Siri
can’t do, like play games, show search results for things
it doesn’t know, and speak conversationally. For example, if
you ask Google Assistant who the chairman of Amazon is, it will
tell you that it’s Jeff Bezos, like Siri. But if you then ask,
“How much is he worth,” it will know that you are still
speaking about Bezos. Siri, however, will start a new query.
Google I/O kicks off Wednesday morning, and we’ll be glued
to the keynote to see if this rumor comes to fruition.
Now we’re talking: Google I/O would be an
ideal venue for the release of Assistant on iOS. Last year
Google launched its new chatbot to the world, and over the past
12 months has been working to bring it to as many
devices as possible. But an iPhone app would seriously up
the stakes in the battle between Assistant and Siri, especially
with the rumor that Apple is
planning to release its own Google Home competitor at WWDC.
OK Google, make us some popcorn.
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