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Google Duplex Rolling Out to Google Assistant on iOS

Google Duplex is a feature that lets the Google Assistant make reservations on your behalf. The company is starting to roll out the feature to iPhones and other non-Pixel phones.

The support site for Duplex lists the iPhone as being part of this rollout, with Android phones simply requiring Android 5.0 or higher to use the automated calling service. iOS users simply need to have the Google Assistant installed to get started.

Siri Improves in Loup Ventures AI Showdown, Still Trails Google Assistant

Loup Ventures conducted its annual test to see how popular voice assistants perform, and Apple’s Siri came in second behind Google Assistant.

Google Assistant Can Read Your Kids a Bedtime Story

If you have Google Assistant and the latest version of Google Play Books on your iOS device, it can now read your kids a bedtime story.

Ahead of National Tell a Story Day taking place on Saturday, youngsters now have more ways to hear a bedtime tale. As of today, the feature will be available on iOS and Android phones in English in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and India.

Sounds like a great feature. When I asked Siri to read me a bedtime story, she said: “Next you’ll be asking me for a glass of milk. And a dark matter cookie.” Damnit Siri, that doesn’t even make sense.

Macaulay Culkin is Home Alone with the Google Assistant

Macaulay Culkin recreated scenes from the classic Christmas movie Home Alone in Google’s latest advert. Reprising his role as Kevin McCallister, the clip showed Mr. Culkin adding aftershave to a shopping list, setting reminders, and fighting intruders with the help of the Google Assistant.

The Voice Assistant War: Alexa and Google Assistant Versus Siri

We’re still in the early stages of voice assistant technology so we can’t declare a winner yet, regardless of which you prefer. Based on what we’re seeing, however, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are putting Apple’s Siri in a serious catch up position.

2019 Voice Report Shows Siri, Google Assistant Tied

Microsoft‘s recent 2019 Voice Report shows that usage of Google Assistant and Siri are tied at 36%, while 41% of survey respondents are concerned about privacy.

Google Contractor That Leaked Audio Data Investigated

After a report found a Google contractor accessed and leaked Google Home recordings, the company says it will investigate.

The Alexa Assistant, OK Google, and Lots More in one Full-Featured Speaker

Say hello to the first standalone device to give you the Alexa assistant, OK Google, and plenty more. The folks at Indiegogo have more than funded the Clarity Speaker. Still, you can preorder yours until the end of April 2017. One great thing about Clarity is you get a portable Bluetooth and Wi-FI speaker with a seven-inch fully-featured touchscreen. Additionally, Clarity includes a built-in Alexa assistant and “OK Google” functionality. It’s also a fully functional Android tablet, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Clarity Speaker is extremely portable, weighing less than two pounds. The device is powered by a quad-core processor. Clarity includes two 5-watt speakers and a 2MP camera. Internally, you’ll have access to 16GB of memory. You can expand storage with a  micro SD card. The speaker is available for preorder at US $149 until April 30, 2017. The regular retail price is $199, and the device begins shipping in June.

5 Reasons We Love Siri More than Alexa or Google

We believe Apple’s Siri is the best voice assistant on the market, even more so than Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. There are a lot of studies and research cited online that claim different voice assistants are better in different criteria. In this article, we give you five reasons we love Siri more than Alexa…

Google I/0 2020 Not Going Ahead

Google has canceled its annual I/0 developers conference, the biggest event in the firm’s calendar, over coronavirus fears.