I recently learned that it’s dangerous to suggest that Google Assistant isn’t quite as mind-blowingly amazing as some suggest. I stand by my results in that test, as well as in my day to day usage of the products. It’s clear we’re still in very early days of these products and they’re all simply different levels of bad.
The tech narrative is that Siri sucks and Google Assistant is the second coming. I have been using Siri for years, and have been going 100% in on Android over the last few weeks and have given Google Assistant a solid effort. My experience has been a little different than the popular narrative.
Remember 5-10 years ago when we were asking the question “will Google get better at design faster than Apple can get better at cloud services?” Well, it’s 2016 and I think the question is pretty clear, Google is winning this race.
Google’s new evolution of Google Now, Google Assistant, is getting some love from the tech press and most other nerdy folks online. Marcques Brownlee made this excellent comparison video showing Siri mostly keeping up with Google Assistant, but overall people seem to agree that Google has the lead in personal voice assistants.
Well this sure does look familiar!
Google has added app shortcuts to the home screen on the new Pixel Launcher that ships with the brand new Pixel phone.