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.
Now I give Rene shit sometimes for always finding the good side of everything Apple does, but he’s right on the money here. Android fans called the iPhone 6 design “tired” from the moment it was revealed. We heard it again in 2015 when the 6s line came out, and we even heard it again in 2016 as the iPhone 7/7 Plus looks very similar to the last iPhone despite getting tons of internal upgrades.