Looks like Star Trek got it right: In the future, we’ll use computers by talking to them. But right now, we are evolving from a mobile-powered world to an AI-powered world. Google virtual assistant is the most serious Google's product and driving force behind Google Home.
Google was not shy when it came to announcements at their October event in San Francisco. In fact, in many ways this was one of the biggest Google events ever. They introduce the entire line of new hardware which looks to come with a couple of common themes.
The first is that they are all somewhat ‘made by Google’, the second is that most of them rely on the use of Google’s app named Google Assistant. As Google says, the Assistant is your own personal Google, powered by AI. It's the most serious Google's product and driving force behind Google Home.
What is Google Home? This is basically a speaker. Although, it is a smart speaker. If you ask Google, it is a super-smart speaker and that is because it comes powered by the might of the Google Assistant. You ask Google Home to do something (or just ask it a question) and you can then follow up those commands and questions in much greater detail without having to backtrack. The Google Assistant powering Google Home will understand the first question, the second question and most importantly, the relationship between the first and second questions.
While Google Assistant makes Google Home smart, what Google Home can then do with that understanding is even smarter. Other similar devices do have the power to connect to other devices, but Google Home looks to do this to the tenth degree and especially when it comes to other Google services and products.
So, if you have the likes of Android TV as well (or an Android smartphone), then suddenly Google Home becomes even more powerful. As it can connect those devices and include those devices within its hardware reach.
For instance, asking Google Home how long it will take you to get from home to a certain restaurant, bar, or shop and once it gives you that information you can literally command Home to send the directions to your phone.
Likewise, you could ask Home to play a trailer for an upcoming movie and ask Home to display the trailer on your Android TV device, aka, your main TV screen and it will. All without you actually having to do anything other than speak.
Also, it has the ability to connect to any Cast-enabled device. Which means that as well as being able to throw the latest Avengers trailer on your big screen, it can just as easily start your favorite playlist from Google Play Music (and presumably Spotify and the rest, in time) and have the music play through your Chromecast Audio-connected devices.
This is where Google Home starts to show its unique compatibility aspects. While most of these products look to unify your connected world, Google Home can do the basics like turn on your smart light, but can also very neatly be coupled with the rest of Google’s products.
Google believes that artificial intelligence (A.I.) virtual assistants (VA) and the conversational user interface (CUI) will largely supplant search engines and mobile apps for many users in the near future.
All that means is you talk to a computer. It "understands" what you say no matter how you say it. Then the computer does things for you based on those conversations.
The artificially intelligent conversation agent is the last user interface. Yes, we'll always have other user interfaces - virtual, mixed and augmented reality, for example. But these are for experience. For information, the interface will be conversation.
You'll be able to stop worrying about devices, apps, platforms and all the rest. You just talk, and Assistant makes it happen. That's the vision, the race is on, anyway.