What is Google Assistant and How Can You Use It?
Virtual assistants have gained a lot of prominence over the past few years, and are very common in devices made by leading tech companies. Google Assistant is the most popular among all virtual assistants and can be found in most devices.
What is Google Assistant?
Google Assistant is a smart digital assistant that can recognize and understand your voice and reply or respond to your questions and commands with necessary actions. It is available on iOS mobile devices, Android and smart home devices such as smart TV and smart speakers. It is also accessible in the Google Allo messaging app as a chatbot.
Consider Google Assistant as your personal assistant that can help you accomplish various tasks at a moment’s notice if you just ask! Google assistant is similar to Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana. While all these assistants respond to queries and commands, it is Google Assistant that stands out in the virtual assistant space as it is more conversational which means that you can even ask it follow-up questions if you require more information on a particular search question.
Why is Google Assistant Important and What all can it do?
Performing commands via voice in place of text or touch is becoming increasingly popular as there are more and more internet-connected devices that are entering the market. Similarly, a unified system that brings multiple devices together is also getting popular in the sense that a single command on your phone can switch off the lights in your living room!
It is not just answering questions or bringing to you the right answers to your commands that Google Assistant does. You can also set up video and music accounts, control other smart home devices, pick the news sources of your liking, and link Assistant to your Google Calendar among other tasks on the Settings menu.
How to Use Google Assistant?
If you want to use Google Assistant on compatible Android phones, all you need to do is to press and hold the Home button. You can also say ‘OK Google’ or ‘Hey Google’ on some phones. In order to use Google Assistant on an iPhone or iPad, you must say ‘Ok Google’ or tap the microphone icon after you launch the Google Assistant app.
Google Assistant also enables you to type out a question if you are in no mood to use your voice by simply touching the keyboard button to type your text. It will respond in voice.
One of the intriguing features of Google Assistant is its understanding of context. If you were to ask ‘When was Denzel Washington born?’ and ‘What are the films he is known for?,' Google will understand that you are speaking of the person because you mentioned ‘he.'
This virtual assistant can answer any of your questions and also interacts with many apps and services. Moreover, it will pull up Google results if it is unable to assist you with your query.
Wrapping it up
You now know what a Google Assistant is, what all it can do, and also how you can use it to help you with your requirements. Voice commands and Google Assistant, in particular, is a very powerful tool for smart home as well as your smartphone. It is very useful to perform basic searches with your voice and also keep track of your daily routines. It also helps control and configures smart home products.
As we head towards 2019, the Google Assistant ecosystem is continuing to grow with new hardware and software. So, don't be left behind as the chances are that Google assistant has something interesting for you.