Last year, Google Android created a landmark with the launch of Google Assistant on Google Pixel smartphones. At least, for any loyal Android user, the term “OK Google” on Google Now or Google Voice Search might be nothing new but Google Assistant is a different ball game altogether for everyone.
How? We will see that very soon.
Google has shown more confidence in introducing Google Assistant iOS app for iPhone users. In a way, Google Assistant is all geared up for giving a head to head competition to Siri, a native personal assistant for Apple users.
Now iPhone will also have something for people using “OK Google” terminology.
What is Google Assistant and how to interact with OK Google?
Google Assistant allows you to have a personal conversation with Google. It is your very own assistant. You ask your smartphone by saying “OK Google” and your query. Google answers your question more intuitively and personally. “OK Google” is the phrase used to initiate the conversation with the smart Assistant.
You can execute a variety of tasks without even lifting your fingers. Some of the most common commands could be “OK Google” + :
‘How will you say Thank You in German.’
‘What is 19.8% of 65.’
‘Turn the temperature down to 22 degrees Celsius.’
‘Read text message from Papa’
Google has become smarter than ever before. Google Assistant has inbuilt AI (Artificial Intelligence). AI along with machine learning is topping the technology innovation list for the next decade.
It is fascinating to see how the machine is evolving with the help of AI and understanding us better day by day. Better bond will ultimately create a better personal assistant in every sense, and that’s where Google is heading.
Before coming to Pixel, Google Assistant was launched in Google Allo, a smart messaging app. Google Allo showed how interactively you can do things with a smart assistant, which Google Now or Google voice search could not execute except providing blue inked Google search results.
Now Google Assistant can work with a range of devices such as Google Home, Android TV, Android wear and much more. If you are using one of Google listed devices, which has inbuilt Google assistant, then you either have to speak “OK Google” or press the home button to activate the assistant.
Minimum requirements for a smartphone
The Google Assistant is supporting quite a few languages on Android smartphones. These languages are English (U.S., U.K., CA, IN, and AU), French (FR and CA), Japanese, German and Portuguese (BR). Soon, there will be a support for more languages.
If you are using a smartphone on Android platform then your smartphone should have minimum:
- Android 6.0 or higher
- Google app 6.13 or higher
- Google Play services
- 5 GB of memory and 720p screen resolution
- Smartphone language must be set to a language as mentioned above
You cannot download Assistant on an Android phone. It is a built-in feature, just like Siri on iPhone. However, you have to download it to iPhone from Apple App store. Also, “OK Google” can only work on iPhone if you launch the assistant application.
Is google assistant better than Google Now or Google voice search?
As I told you before, Google introduced AI in Google Assistant for making it more personal. Google Now or Google voice search mostly worked as voice-controlled search engines. You say “OK Google” plus your query and Google Now can only throw blunt search results in front of you. It served you but missed the personal touch.
Google Assistant will learn your details, movements, likings, etc. with the passage of time and in a way, it will evolve to serve you better. It is just like hiring a personal assistant who is a fresher and gradually knows you better with the passage of time and serves you better.
Whenever you want or wish to do something, you say OK Google and voilà Google’s Assistant is at your service. You can talk and ask a range of interesting questions. Google will discuss things with you. Sometimes, I can kill my boredom talking with assistant. Sounds so loner! isn’t it!
What all can you do with OK Google?
Google’s Assistant service can perform a range of task from categories like education, local information, home control, productivity, communication, music, news, food, health, etc.
Below is the example queries which you can right away try with “OK Google”.
- Call wife
- Set the alarm 4 hours before
- Send text to mummy
- What is John Date’s mobile number?
- Set the temperature up to 25 degrees Celsius.
- How is my day today?
- Play Bryan Adam’s song.
- Set a reminder for tomorrow.
- Add rice and sugar to my shopping list.
- Look for the shortest route between my home and airport.
- What are all movies releasing this weekend?
- What is my flight’s status?
- How many calories are in a cheeseburger?
I would suggest you try anything and everything which comes to your mind. Do not hesitate; Google won’t mind!
Which all devices support Google’s Assistant feature?
I will only list down Android flagship smartphones which have inbuilt Google Assistant. However, there are several other Android models, which also has Google Assistant.
- LG G6
- HTC U11
- HTC U Ultra
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
In the smart home device, Google Home is the only device which uses Google Assistant. Several Android wearable devices or watches has Google Assistant installed.
- Huawei Watch 2
- LG Watch Style
- LG Watch Sport
Now Google Assistant is also available on Nvidia Shield Android TV box. As if now, English is the only language which is supported by Android TV.
- Sharp Aquos
- Sony BRAVIA
Over to you
Once upon a time, Apple was way ahead of Google when we talk about a smart personal assistant. But now Google Assistant is in the game and ready to give a close competition to Siri. Now you will have more definitive and natural results with your queries.
Since many years, especially Android users, have become more accustomed to traditional Google voice-based search and also, they might have given up on the new improved version of Google Assistant. But I would suggest you try it. It’s different and improved than ever before.
Why don’t you take out your phone and say “OK Google” and try out a few queries of your choice! I am sure you will enjoy the experience.