Everyone using a google smartphone must be familiar with the voice icon in the search bar. Google has had it for years, performing tasks for users such as looking things up. However, recently it has been reported that Google is up to something else. Google will replace the traditional Voice Search phrase ‘Hey Google,” with the more advanced Google Assistant.
The assistant is triggered by a different phrase, “Ask your Assistant”. It has already been seen in many smartphones where Google has equipped them with both the Assistant and the traditional Voice Search. Both of them perform more or less the same tasks which leave the users confused.
Google’s motive behind the change
The two software might be similar, but they are quite different. Even though Google’s voice search has been around for several years, providing support for more languages, the Assistant still performs better at fulfilling tasks.
Moreover, Google wants to make the whole experience connected across a diversity of devices. Bringing Google Assistant to smartphones by replacing Voice Search will allow all the previous Voice Search shortcuts to perform more advanced tasks. Users can have a similar experience across multiple devices.
All the smart speakers’ smartphones and surface laptops and home accessories offered by Google will have the same assistant. The user experience will become smooth and similar on a different level.
The major differences between Google Voice Search and the Assistant
The two are quite different physically as well. Assistant’s dots on the bottom of the screen will replace the traditional voice search icon. The assistant pops up as a slide up card. Moreover, the functions performed are quite advanced. It learns your behavior and shows relevant results, unlike the Voice search.
Even though the two are quite different in appearance as well as features, Google’s main motive behind the change is to familiarize its users with the same assistant across a variety of devices to give them a sense of belonging and community within its devices.