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Google Home Has Sold Owners Short

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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.

4 Comments

  1. Steven

    January 9, 2017 at 7:36 am

    The writer needs to be a little less impatient. The device has only been out for a few months. Calm down and give Google time. If they hit the one year anniversary and haven’t added those features than I’m right there with you, but for now relax. I agree with the writer about one thing. The reason for the fragmentation is authentication software in the home device.

    • Tim

      January 12, 2017 at 4:08 am

      Agree fully. I see lots of reviews bashing the Home for lagging Alexa, but ignoring the fact that the Echo is over a year old. The Home is far more conversational than the Echo and I’m willing to wait a little bit for the actions to catch up.

  2. Jack Smith

    January 10, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Freezing cold where I am at. Google yesterday added TV controls to the Google Home. So me and wife can now sit completely under the covers and control the TV with just our voice.

    Volume, rewind, fast forward, selecting content, etc.

    Love this new technology where stuff just shows up and you do NOT have to do a thing.

    All of this is native on the Google Home versus installing skills, etc.

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