Google is getting into the digital helper game with the launch of Assistant, a Siri-style online helper, and promised Google Home – an Echo-like listening station that can be used to house the helper.
CEO Sundar Pichai explained that Assistant was the result of ten years of language processing by the Chocolate Factory. Over half of Google searches are now done on a mobile phone, he said, and 20 per cent of those are voice requests, giving the firm a lot of experience in understanding its users.
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