“The update reflects a growing trend pair of trends as consumers increasingly rely on voice interfaces to interact with their devices, and tech companies seek to make their own proprietary AI assistants the go-to platforms for smart home interaction.”
The Google Assistant is getting a higher profile thanks to a new Chrome OS update. The latest version of the operating system brings Google’s voice-driven AI assistant to more Chromebook laptops, opening the opportunity to get the Google Assistant into the center of many users’ smart homes.
Users who activate the Google Assistant functionality in their Chromebook devices can now do things like play music through wirelessly paired speakers and control other connected devices such as smart lights. This can be done through voice command, or by typing a query into the Google Assistant’s onscreen interface. It also enables more standard AI assistant functionality such as setting calendar events and reminders.
The update reflects a growing trend pair of trends as consumers increasingly rely on voice interfaces to interact with their devices, and tech companies seek to make their own proprietary AI assistants the go-to platforms for smart home interaction. In other words, you might want to be able to adjust your smart lights through a simple, spoken command, and Google wants to make sure it’s the Google Assistant that listens and responds.
Likewise for Microsoft and its Cortana platform, which was made compatible with a bunch of smart home brands last year – after Microsoft started putting Cortana interaction at the start of device setup for its newer Windows products.
All of this serves to make accurate speech recognition an increasingly important technology in the consumer tech ecosystem, with voice recognition playing a growing secondary role by enabling AI assistants to differentiate between different users.