A voice assistant is a fun, super-helpful, or somewhat annoying feature which many, if not most, smartphone, tablet, or computer users can explore. How it goes: you do something to indicate you’re going to speak, then you speak, then the device gives you information or vocalizes a response based on what you said.
This topic came up in a recent one-on-one technology session. The patron had Bixby, but he also has access to the Google Assistant. We didn’t get into the comparison much, so here are four different vocal assistants including the two available on Samsung phones.
If you have a different system, or want to see what the companies are advertising their products can do, then check out these quick links:
Apple’s Siri: https://www.apple.com/ios/siri/
Samsung’s Bixby: https://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-s8/intelligence/
Google’s Assistant: https://assistant.google.com/#?modal_active=none
Amazon’s Alexa: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202083830
Microsoft’s Cortana: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cortana
Apple’s Dictation: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203085