App showdown: The best digital assistants for your smartphone
WITH THE LAUNCH OF GOOGLE HOME AND OTHER SMART SPEAKERS, DIGITAL ASSISTANTS ARE BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT, SO WE’VE FIRED UP OUR PHONES AND TAKEN A LOOK AT HOW THEY COMPARE.
WHILE ASKING YOUR smartphone assistant to perform single tasks mightn’t seem all that complicated, when you add up the volume and diversity of tasks us humans can request, the requirements for competency become quite considerable.
First and foremost among those is the ability to accurately comprehend the words that you’re using to communicate, something that’s made difficult by the huge variety of languages on the planet... not to mention the further regional differences in pronunciation within those languages.
Fortunately, AI-powered machine learning has significantly accelerated the overall comprehension of smartphone assistant software to a point where the major contenders should be able to correctly recognise vast majority of what English speakers are saying — perhaps even Geordies...!
But understanding your speech is just the beginning — smartphone assistants really earn their keep by what they can actually do, and how helpful these spoken shortcuts actually are.