Google Home Has Sold Owners Short
Google Assistant was first revealed at Google I/O last year and it vowed to be a more natural voice assistant, just like Siri, Alexa, Cortana and the likes of it.
Alexa is the Assistant’s rival and it seems that there is one clear advantage of the former – it remains the same everywhere. For example, your Amazon Echo will possess the exact functionality as your Alexa-powered smart refrigerator.
Google Assistant, on the other hand, doesn’t have this universal consistency across the apps and devices. According to Android Police, one of the most obvious problem is the reminders.
This is because you can ask Assistant on Allo and the Pixel to set a reminder but reminders on the Google Home is still not supported. On top of that, users can’t create or manage new calendar events as well.
Aside that, sending Hangout texts, reading emails and other personal features do not work on the Google Home, despite working on the Pixel’s Assistant. This is most probably because Google has yet to add in a type of authentication method for the Home.
There is another problem if you have both the Google Home and another device with Google Now or Assistant as only the device closest to you will respond to your requests.
As if that isn’t frustrating enough, it seems that Google is not doing anything about it. The Google Home has had only one major update to Assistant’s abilities, Actions on Google. This allowed developers to add in custom actions to Google Assistant. However, you still can’t set reminders, manage your calendar or send Hangout texts.
If Google truly wants Assistant to be everywhere, it’ll need to buck up on it services, especially if it’s looking to rival Alexa.