Very well known for its search engine, Google offers many tools: Gmail for email, YouTube for uploading and sharing videos, Drive for storing, editing and synchronizing documents, etc.
The ambition of the Mountain View company seems to be to offer a service for every situation in everyday life. Google Now is one of the services offered by Google.
This is Google’s personal assistant, a special service that links user data, context and Google services.
Introducing the Google Now personal assistant
Now is Google’s smart assistant that can connect to other apps and services on your phone to give you useful information throughout the day. Find Now may vary depending on your phone model.
Android devices include a home page to the left of the quick access screen by default. But the easiest way for many users is to tap on the Google app, which sits at the top of many home screens by default.
Like other personal assistants, Google Now allows you to retrieve a lot of factual information, such as starting the stopwatch or setting the alarm with a simple voice command. You can also search for an event or a song by querying your smartphone. Of course, instead of saying the keywords in the Google search bar, you can type them, but that takes all the fun out of it!
Obviously, there’s no limit to what you can request from Google, but some examples are shown below to give you an idea of the features available:
- Indicate the path to take to get to a specific place;
- Identify the song playing in the room;
- Call any contact in your phone book on request;
- Send an e-mail or an SMS to one of your contacts;
- Open apps;
- Search for a specific photo online;
- Set reminders;
- Schedule alerts;
- Remind an appointment.
Since the Google search bar is incredibly powerful, you can ask for information on any subject and hope to get a response. Do you have a favorite player? No problem, ask Now about him.
Benefits of Google Now
In theory, Google Now may seem like a futuristic service, aimed at an elite who master the tools, know their features and understand the possibilities they offer.
However, Google Now wanted to be simple and intuitive.
It is a tool that anyone can use without difficulty.
It has many advantages:
- Targeted reminders: Google Now offers you “classic” alerts for your next appointment, but also relevant contextualized information. Want to know what time you need to leave to be on time, based on real-time traffic? Google Now tells you, 15 minutes before the deadline. It also provides you with useful information for your journeys by public transport;
- The answer to everything: Google has always aimed to provide an answer to any question through its search engine. He pushes the exercise a little further by aggregating information gleaned here and there on the Internet. This feature is convenient and risks cannibalizing some of the traffic from Wikipedia and other similar sites used as sources. For example, you can ask Google Now who is the President of the United States or the latest Paris Saint Germain result;
Personalized use of Google services;
- Google Now links the personalized information to the appropriate Google services. To remind you when it’s time to leave for your next appointment, it uses Google Maps, calendar and navigation. If you have to go to a restaurant, you can directly note the “Google+ Local” listing of the establishment. Google uses data from Google+ to inform you of your friends’ birthdays. If you want to know where your package is, just ask Google;
- Other Benefits of Google Now: This handy tool can work on both Android and iOS. It is also able to identify different voices and offer more accurate voice responses.
Disadvantages of Google Now
Google Now may not be perfect, but it definitely has more advantages compared to other tools of its kind. Likewise, it has very few drawbacks. The most obvious is that he tends to collect different conversations in an environment where there are many people talking. As a result, there is confusion in the answers given.
Intelligent Personal Assistants
In recent years, we have witnessed the emergence of a new multimedia product: intelligent personal assistants. You probably know that Google Now is not the only such tool. Little by little, all the multimedia giants (Google, Apple, Samsung, Amazon, etc.) are releasing their own assistant. Discover Siri and Alexa, two serious competitors of Google.
Siri: Apple’s smart personal assistant
Siri is the first personal assistant on the market. It belongs to the world famous company Apple. Like its many competitors that will appear later, Siri can perform daily tasks and provide information requested by the user.
You can use it to open apps, send messages, pass messages, set alarms, add reminders, search for information on the internet, and control supported smart home devices.
This assistant is well known for its fun way of interacting. She can tell jokes, sing, but also come out with rude expressions sometimes. To trigger it, just say “Hey Siri”. However, this tool is only available on Apple devices.
Alexa: Amazon’s smart personal assistant
Amazon’s assistant has become very popular in a short time. It owes a large part of its success to family devices, in particular the “Echo”.
It was in 2014 that Alexa landed on the highly competitive personal assistant market, integrated into Amazon’s smart speakers. It allows you to control compatible smart home devices, set alarms and reminders, play music, search the Internet, follow the news, and more. Alexa is also able to play content on an Amazon Fire device. It stands out from other tools in its category by its user-friendliness. To activate Alexa, just say “Alexa” in addition to what it should do: “Alexa, what’s the news?” “, “Alexa, call mom”, etc.
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