We have all heard about the different virtual assistants such as Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri and even Bixby from Samsung. However, it is a unanimous opinion that the best virtual assistant at this point is the Google Assistant. That is not to say, however, that other assistants are bad. It is just that the Google Assistant has a lot more advantage over others. But we are now getting the news that many of these assistants will be working with each other soon.
As per a new initiative, you will be able to call several assistants on a single device. This means that your dream of using multiple assistants like Cortana, Alexa and others on a single device will soon be true. However, it is to be noted that this initiative has not been joined by Apple, Google and Samsung. While Microsoft and Amazon have already joined this initiative. This means that while you can’t use Google Assistant and Siri right now, you can do so with Alexa and Cortana.
According to a press release from Amazon, this initiative will have four priorities:
- Developing voice services that can work seamlessly with others, while protecting the privacy and security of customers
- Building voice-enabled devices that promote choice and flexibility through multiple, simultaneous wake words
- Releasing technologies and solutions that make it easier to integrate multiple voice services on a single product
- Accelerating machine learning and conversational AI research to improve the breadth, quality and interoperability of voice services
Amazon says that “The initiative is built around a shared belief that voice services should work seamlessly alongside one another on a single device and that voice-enabled products should be designed to support multiple simultaneous wake words.”
Google, on not joining the initiative yet, revealed that they “just heard about this initiative and would need to review the details, but in general we’re always interested in participating in efforts that have the broad support of the ecosystem and uphold strong privacy and security practices.”