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Think Siri is no match for Google Assistant? Watch this video showdown

Think Siri is no match for Google Assistant? Watch this video showdownAhead of WWDC 2017, there were rumors indicating that Apple with iOS 11 was going to introduce a completely enhanced and revamped version of Siri. Specifically, it was reported that the next-gen version of Siri was not only going to be better at making sense of user queries but that Siri's capabilities would be expanded as well. Alas, Apple executives had so much ground to cover during the WWDC keynote that there wasn't much time spent on Siri at all, though we did see a nifty little demo highlighting Siri's ability to translate queries into a handful of different languages.

Naturally, there were many iOS 11 features Apple didn't have time to touch on, which is to say that the upcoming version of Siri will in fact have some new enhancements iPhone users can look forward to. This is undoubtedly welcome news for many Siri users who have seen Apple's intelligent assistant fall woefully behind competing services from the likes of Google, Microsoft and Amazon. With developers already busy dissecting every major and minor change in iOS 11, some folks have been putting the next-gen version of Siri through the ringer and seeing how it stacks up against Google Assistant.

As a prime example, the following video shows just how far Siri in iOS 11 has come. In the first set of queries — which includes some basic questions about the weather and Donald Trump — we see that Siri responds much quicker than usual. What's more, Siri can handle contextual questions with ease, most notably when it is able to inform the user who Donald Trump's wife is when asked "Who's his wife?" Not only that, but you'll also note that Siri provides much more information in its answer compared to Google Assistant.

If the video below is any indication, Siri in iOS 11 might actually be something you'll want to start using again.

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Google exec hints that Google Assistant is coming to the iPhone

Google exec hints that Google Assistant is coming to the iPhone

When it comes to making money, Google has one mission and one mission alone: get its free apps and services in as many hands as possible. That's the very reason why Android was such a brilliant move on Google's part. By building a top-notch iOS rival and giving it away for free to any device maker that wants it, Google has created a scenario where well over a billion people access its apps and services constantly each day. The more they use their phones, the more data Google is able to collect. And the more data Google collects, the better it can target ads. As we discussed in an old article titled "The truth about Google and evil," Google does so much to help people, but it's an advertising company first and foremost.

That brings us to Google Assistant, the company's answer Apple's Siri assistant and Amazon's Alexa. Google Assistant is already viewed by many as being more capable and more helpful than Siri, and just this week Google began rolling it out to Android phones running Android 6.0 or later. Google's mission to get its new AI assistant in as many hands as possible won't end with Android, of course, and now we have our strongest indication yet that Assistant is on its way to the iPhone.

With the commotion at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain winding down, Dutch blog Geekster managed to catch up with Gummi Hafsteinsson, a Product Management Director at Google who is in charge of the Google Assistant project. Hafsteinsson had a lot to say about Google's hot new AI assistant, of course, but there was one portion of the interview that was of particular interest.

When asked about the possibility of Google Assistant coming to iOS and Apple's iPhone, the exec gave a textbook non-answer that, for anyone who knows the industry, is pretty much an answer. "I do not think we have anything to announce at this point," Hafsteinsson said. "But I think the general philosophy is that we would like to have the Assistant available to as many people as possible."

So there you have it, iPhone users. Google has nothing to announce at this point, but if you're a gambler, the smart money is on yes, Google Assistant will make its way to iOS in the future.



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