A se­ri­ous Siri ri­val with flaws of its own

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

Google’s voice-based con­ver­sa­tional As­sis­tant is now avail­able on the iPhone. Google’s com­peti­tor to Siri (al­ready on the iPhone) tends to be bet­terequipped to han­dle con­ver­sa­tional queries than Ap­ple’s as­sis­tant, which makes it eas­ier for some peo­ple to use. As­sis­tant is avail­able on some An­droid de­vices as part of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem — no ex­tra down­load­ing re­quired.

On the iPhone, it doesn’t work quite as seam­lessly, given that it’s not built in. For ex­am­ple, you can’t call it up with just your voice — you have to tap. The pri­vacy-con­scious may also balk at giv­ing a Google pro­gram the data — such as mi­cro­phone ac­cess and lo­ca­tion info — that make the pro­gram most use­ful. If that’s not your cup of tea, then you may want to re­main as­sis­tant-free.

Free, for iOS.

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