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‘Rich Answers’ Coming To Google Assistant

Google is putting more graphics, tools and enhanced visual content in Google Assistant search results for Android devices, which the company is calling the range of imagery and new types of content “rich answers.” The company seems to be harmonizing results in the Assistant with mobile search results more generally. If you check out the …

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Machine Reservations: Google’s Duplex Expanding To More Android, iPhone Users

Google’s Duplex is being rolled out to more users and locations. Previously, it was limited to Pixel 3 and XL users in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and San Francisco. That expanded to all Pixel owners in 43 states in March. In the near future, there will be more Android and iPhone users who will be …

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Survey Finds Google Home Users Do More, Have ‘Far Higher’ Satisfaction Than Alexa Owners

There is a large number of surveys that focus on smart speakers, but there is some new data from Kantar Worldpanel that stands out when it comes to comparing attitudes and behaviors of Google Home and Amazon Alexa owners. The survey was conducted in late 2018, and there are two main takeaways from it.  According to the …

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Duplex-Powered Google Assistant Restaurant Booking Expanding To More States And Users

In an announcement by Google, Pixel users are now able to use Duplex via the Google Assistant to book restaurant reservations over the phone. Google said it was available in 43 states in the U.S. If you don’t know what Duplex is, it is an AI-powered phone based-system for booking appointments with local businesses that don’t have online scheduling.  Duplex …

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Google Has Added Voice Input And Spoken Results To Mobile Web Search

Google has added a microphone to the Google.com search field on Android phones to enable mobile voice search.  With this addition, it begs the questions as to why add this at all since users had the ability to do voice search on the mobile web, with the Android keyboard microphone. Below are screenshots from Search Engine Land …

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Google Home Wins Smart Speaker IQ Test But Siri Beats Alexa And Cortana

The results of Loup Ventures annual “smarkt speaker IQ” test has now been published, and the surprise winner is Google Home.  According to the results, Apple’s HomePad and Siri bested Alexa and Cortana, which is quite a surprise. 800 questions was asked to the virtual assistants, and then graded based on whether the question was understood …

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Google Search Now Supports Live Streams With Indexing API, Structured Data

Google has announced that is is now supporting better discovery of livestreams in Google Search and Google Assistant.  These livestreams will be able to show up in the search results in a carousel and have a live label like the older live blog posts feature Google had back in 2015. If you’d like your livestreams to show up in …

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Google Shutting Down Allo, Where Google Assistant Made Its Debut

For years now, Google seems to have been struggling with its messaging strategy.  Ever since it launched back in 2005, Google had done several experiments and false starts since Google Talk first came out.  Add that to the list of two more of the newer initiatives, Hangouts and Allo, which are both being shuttered. Hangouts will …

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Google Assistant iOS App Adds Siri Shortcut, Making It Easier For iPhone Users To Say Okay Google

An update has been released by Google for the Google Assistant app for iOS that brings Siri Shortcut support to the app.  Basically, you’ll be able to trigger the Google Assistant by saying “Hey Siri, OK Google.”  This means that iOS users will be able to ask Google questions while being completely hands free.  They won’t need …

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Redesigned iOS Cortana App Looks Better Although Adoption Challenges Remain

For Microsoft, their digital assistant seems to be in a bit of a tough spot.  Despite the fact that the assistant has been integrated into Windows 10, which has a user base of 700 million users globally, Cortana has only about 150 million users according to the last official Microsoft figures. In comparison, this is several …

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