Battle of Voice Assistants
- Swetha Y
- Aug 26, 2019
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Voice Assistant is a software agent that can perform tasks or services for an individual based on verbal commands. Voice assistants have become a large part of the smartphone and PC. This increases competition in this space has led to a lot of improvements.
In this blog, we have selected the five most popular assistants- Google Assistant, Siri, Bixby, Amazon Alexa, and Cortana.
These assistants have a lot in common to start with and feature a lot of functionality and capabilities. You can usually access them with a press of a button, most of them are built into their various operating systems, they can all perform and access web searches, and they all have base apps or dedicated home screen pages to show additional information like the weather, news, reminders, and more.
Each assistant works best within their own ecosystem. Google Assistant works best with Google Ecosystem, Alexa gives its best performance with Amazon and the same for Siri (Apple), Bixby (Samsung), and Cortana (Microsoft).
1) Amazon Alexa
2) Apple Siri
3) Google Assistant
4) Microsoft Cortana
5) Samsung Bixby
How do we choose the Voice Assistant?
Test 1 – Answering basic questions:
If you need to know the release date of a movie or when the next solar eclipse is, sports scores, a good voice assistant will provide a correct and informative answer without any difficulty. The more advanced and reliable the technology is, the more questions a voice assistant is able to recognize and answer it.
General requests such as these are one of the leading uses for voice assistants and smart devices, so the best should provide high-quality
responses — straightforward answers with an additional context or sources when presented with more complex questions.
Test 2 – Performing simple tasks:
Voice assistants can complete a large number of tasks other than Simple Commands. Some of the most common include setting a reminder, getting directions, setting up an alarm, or looking up restaurants, playing a song/video on YouTube, but no matter what you request, the best voice assistant should be able to complete the action on the first attempt.
Test 3 – Navigating complex tasks:
Voice assistants allow to perform specialized tasks or provide custom services. Granting voice assistants new abilities through applications gives you the ability to enhance what your voice-assistant-enabled device is capable of, whether it involves guiding you through a recipe or donating to a charity.
I. Google Assistant:
The Google Assistant is exceptional in this contest as with other assistants, you have to get the command just right in order to get the task completed, but the Google Assistant is very good at figuring out what you need even if you ask it to do the same thing in entirely different ways.
However, it is incredibly disappointing to see that all the fun features are exclusively saved for Google Pixel devices and Google Home such as Google Duplex, Call Screen, ordering products, and more.
The Google Assistant is definitely the best all-around pick, though, even if we have to wait for the extra features to make their way to other devices.
2. Amazon Alexa
Amazon Alexa is the most customizable assistant. It is quite basic out of the box, but you can install additional ‘skills’ that dramatically increase its functionality. Over the course of time, you will have to install a few skills. The number of skills you want to install is totally up to the user and its functionalities.
Alexa excels at gathering information over a conversation in order to complete a task. As far as pure functionality is concerned, Alexa can do more than all of the other AI Assistants, and Alexa-enabled devices work incredibly well with one another. The only disappointment here is that there aren’t a lot of devices out there that run Alexa.
3. Apple Siri