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    No, I'm not talking about their sound. I mean, sure, developers can definitely help relating voice assistants' with the average user by fine-tuning their voices to sound like people and not cyborgs. I think, though, that they should retain some robotic quality so that users clearly know what they're interacting with as opposed to who. How Google Now, Siri, Cortana, or any other voice service interacts with you is more important. Important to you, the person who wants data from the internet. It's most important to the companies behind the services which gain income off of you via data ...

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    Hound is SoundHound's new voice assistant to compete with the likes of Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. It, like the others, can launch apps, run search queries, identify songs, and more, but one thing that's caught wide attention for this service is its ability to process complex, multi-part queries in a manner similar to Wolfram Alpha. Questions like "What is the population and capital for Japan and China?" work without a hitch, and very quickly at that. But rarely will most people ask a voice assistant such complicated questions. Instead, most people use these services for quick searches ...

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    Nearly every member of the Pocketnow team uses digital personal assistants in some way. Whether it's Google Now, Siri, or Cortana, these systems offer voice commands, as well as personalized recommendations based on contextual information like location or emails. But while each service has its own unique features that set it apart from the others, none of them offer the same kind of fully fledged, natural language-based voice interface found on services like Wolfram Alpha. SoundHound recently demoed a new product, simply called Hound, that seems to offer similar functionality to these ...

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    At WWDC, Apple introduced a host of new features to iOS 9, including its new Proactive feature. This is a very Google Now-like service that will give contextually aware reminders, take actions without prompting, anticipate what you want, etc. This is all a really nice upgrade for the iOS experience. And if Apple had left it at that, this article would not exist. It's your data But Apple was quick to point out that unlike some other personal assistants out there, Apple’s does everything on device and there is absolutely no access to your personal data. What happens on the phone, stays on ...

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    I’m a Windows Phone fan who has been on Android for about nine months now. Ever since I got the Moto360, then the Pebble, I have been pretty much addicted to smartwatches, and Windows Phone just doesn’t have them. Ok, it has the Band, but I don’t really count that. So I’m left with Android. But I don’t want that to sound like a bad thing – it’s not. I’m doing just fine on Android thank you very much, and a big reason why is Google Now. A hard sell Google Now is one of those services that’s hard to describe. Actually, it’s not really hard to ~describe~ so much as it’s ...

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    A few years ago I was trying to find my way around an unfamiliar city with my friend and her husband, and I pulled out my Android phone to help us navigate the tricky terrain. Looking upon my then-new HTC Evo 4G, my friend's husband asked, "those phones are basically just iPhone ripoffs, right?" "No," I replied. "Android is totally different from iOS. In some ways it's better." "Yeah," the guy shot back, "but they're all just trying to be the iPhone, right?" If it sounds like he was trolling me, he was – but he also meant what he said. And while he was kind of a dirtbag (they later ...

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    Google Now is already an impressively powerful tool, drawing data from multiple sources in order to give you the info you need, sometimes before you even realize you need it. But Google's not content to leave a good thing alone, and at I/O this afternoon it's announcing its plans for making Now smarter, easier to communicate with, and just generally more useful in our lives. One key way Google is improving Now is by greatly enhancing its contextual awareness. With natural language processing, Now will become better able to respond to things like pronouns, recognizing the subject at hand ...

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    Back in January we learned about a big expansion in the works for Google Now, as Google invited new app partners to integrate their content with the company's service. We heard more about such efforts last month, as Google talked about plans to release a Now API to further streamline how app content could connect with Now. This week Google's showing off where all this has led, announcing Now integration with dozens and dozens of apps – some seventy, total. The sorts of information these apps provide run the gamut from news, to entertainment, to fitness, and even dining – really, all ...

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    If that Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge business or the Pac-Man option for Google Maps hasn't clued you in just yet: we've already embarked on the prank-filled journey into April Fool's Day. Those two might have gone live a little early, but now this next one is actually right on schedule, at least considering where it comes from. Over in Japan, it's already the early hours of the morning of April 1, so Google Japan is wasting no time in sharing its own AFD entry, wrapping a cuddly plush body around the ever-so-useful voice-driven search tools of Google Now: Google Panda. Google's not just doing ...

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    Android's Google app (née Google Search) is already a voice-powered juggernaut. Get things going with a brief “OK Google,” and you're ready to start converting milliliters to ounces, check what time the local grocery store closes tonight, or find out how tall Channing Tatum is. The voice control extends to letting you interact with certain apps, like how you've been able to compose a new text message using your voice alone. Now Google's taking that voice-controlled messaging to the next level, as it gives its app the power to compose spoken-word Hangouts messages. The feature works ...

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    Google announced a big improvement to its Now service back at the end of January, with the personal software assistant picking up support for a bunch of cards from third-party apps. While in the past Google Now had been great about pulling data from things like your email and calendar, this new support meant access to previously untouched data troves. It all sounded very promising, with support for cards from even more apps to come. The only downside might be how Google was making this integration happen, and the need to work closely with the Now team to deliver this functionality might ...

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    Once a few years ago, my wife and I were sitting on the couch, and a commercial came on. In it were a few scenarios where a user would activate Siri and do…whatever. When the commercial was over, my wife turned to me and said, “That makes me want to get an iPhone.” More recently, Google has been running a series of “OK, Google” commercials in which people are asking Google to do various things, or look things up. On the Windows Phone side of things, Joe Belfiore has an unabashed love affair going on with Cortana. So it made me wonder, are digital assistants really the way to sell ...

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    Android users already know that Google Now can be a hugely powerful tool, reminding you about important appointments, helping you navigate to your next meeting, advising you of upcoming weather alerts, and more. But for all that great stuff Now offered, it also put a lot of pressure on Google to deliver relevant content; one company can only do so much, right (yeah, even Google)? Well, the floodgates are about to open, and today Google announces a big step forward for Now that allows some of your favorite developers to start bringing their content to the service, introducing support for ...

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    Sometimes I ask my assistant to remind me about something, and when she's sitting in the same room as me and it's time to be reminded about something important, she claps her hands twice to get my attention. If I don't look at her right away, she won't tell me what the message is, and then she'll wait a few more seconds and then close her eyes and go to sleep. If this was a real person, that scenario would sound pretty ridiculous, but that's exactly how our smartphones behave these days. I'm sorry, I don't understand what 2 hand claps means. We're in the same room though. I can hear you. ...

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    How often do you use your digital assistant every day? Some may think that Siri, Cortana and Google Now are just gimmicks, but according to some recent studies, that highly depends on how old you are. If you're wondering how different usage patterns are when it comes to voice search, it seems Google asked itself the same question, and the answers are not shockers at all. According to a new study commission by Google, 55% of users under 18 will use any voice search service, be it Google Now, Siri or Cortana, more than once a day in comparison to 41% of grownups. This number grows to a ...

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    The debate of which voice assistant came first is still a shady topic. While many agree that Siri was the service that made the idea mainstream, we do know that Google's Voice Search has existed for a bit longer, and even though Microsoft's Cortana is the newest in the crowd, we all remember Microsoft's Voice Command from the Pocket PC days. Still, if you leave history aside and ask yourself which service is currently better, some experts claim to have a winner. A marketing consulting firm by the name of Stone Temple claims to have found Google Now's voice search to be significantly ...

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    Who's your virtual assistant of choice? Are you a die-hard Siri user, running the app since even before Apple bought it up? Or have you been won over by Google Now and its tight integration with your phone's launcher? Maybe you're a new Cortana fan, eager to spend more time seeing what Microsoft can bring to this race. That last one's still a little too new to be included in this study, but a recent analyst report took a look at the performance of Google Now and Siri, evaluating a number of factors, and while both exhibit improvements, Google Now looks like it's just barely starting to ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    "OK Google" is a pretty neat tool. It lets you search for virtually anything -- as long as you're on your homescreen. A recent update to Google Search unlocked that limitation and allowed users to enable OK Google everywhere, even on the lock screen! The update requires Android 4.3+ (or 4.4+, depending on who you ask), it also needs the latest version of the Google Search app and the latest update to Play Services. Head out to the Play Store and make sure you've got all the latest updates installed before you continue. Next, from your homescreen, simply say "OK Google" to bring up the ...

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    One of the worst parts of Google Now is that you cannot use voice for many simple things like turning off WiFi and skipping to the next track while jamming to music. It seems inevitable, though, that these features will eventually be available for Now, and the latter item looks to be going live as we speak. Google Now media controls are slowly starting to show up in a limited sense to a select group of Google account-holders. Right now, if you have the feature enabled on your account (it didn't work for us when we tested it on our devices, so we couldn't verify or test anything detailed ...

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    One of the coolest features we find in Google Now is the ability to activate a voice search by simply using the hot word "Ok Google". Those of you lucky enough to be using the Google Now launcher have an even better experience, since this works from any area in the Home Screen, and those of you using a Moto X make us all envious. Up to just a couple of hours ago, this feature was only exclusive to those using your device in English US and UK modes, though we did know that Google was working on expanding this feature to other languages. Google is currently rolling out a software update to ...

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    About three months ago, we heard about a change Google was supposedly working on for Google Now, that would allow users to set location-based reminders connected to people: if you wanted to pay back your friend Bob for that $5 he spotted you the other day, your phone could give you a heads-up when it detected that Bob was nearby. So far, though, we haven't seen that happen, but that doesn't mean it won't – in fact, such an ability may be just around the corner, arriving as part of larger new location-based system called Nearby. We're used to seeing mock-ups of screenshots for these ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some additional new cards in the recent Google Now update. Sprint and the Moto X follow as we get some credible leaks of a 64GB Moto X coming soon. Apple is next as we get more rumors of what to expect from Touch ID on future iOS devices. Apple then continues as a carrier has apparently leaked the exact launch date for the iPhone 6. We end today's show talking about the LG G3 and our initial impressions. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Now weather card updated to offer regional outlook - Sprint’s site seems to confirm ...

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    Today may be LG's, but even with the G3 grabbing the lion's share of our attentions, the rest of the Android landscape isn't being wholly ignored. In fact, we just caught wind of an interesting tweak starting to arrive en masse for Google Now users today, as Google updates how the service reports on weather conditions. Already this months we've seen a lot of progress with Now, checking out how it handled subscription cancellation reminders, helped users pay their bills, and got smarter about setting timers. Today's weather-related change affects how Now share information about conditions ...

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    In the past, if you decided that you want to ask Google verbally to set a timer, it would set an alarm instead (though with the correct timing). It's not always the most convenient to set an alarm, especially when there is an option in the stock Android clock for a timer. Finally, these voice commands correctly redirect to set a timer. We've been able to independently verify this, and although we don't know how long this has been in effect exactly, it is a welcome feature for sure. We're just pleased that we did not have to wait on an app update (or even a full OS update) to change this. ...

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