The Google Assistant is Google’s new way of providing users with information. It understands natural language and is able to run actions based on users requests. Needless to say I love it. There is just this one thing I don’t understand. Let’s review Googles mission statement:
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
The most-used Google product is Google Search. And you can use it on whichever device you own — be it a smartphone, laptop, desktop or even smartwatch. You can use it on Linux, Windows, iOS and on MacOS. It is truly universally accessible.
Now, the Google Assistant is the designated successor of Google Search. But currently there are only two ways to use it: Buy a new device (only Google Pixel starting at 649$ or US/UK-only Google Home) or install Google Allo. But Allo is only a playground for the new voice-control assistant — at best.
Google, this is directed to you: If you still care about your core mission, then please make the assistant more universally available. There is no technical reason that the Google Assistant can’t be tightly integrated into all of your Nexus devices. Or all Android devices. What about Chromebooks? And how about an assistant in Chrome itself which we can use across all platforms?
After all, of what worth is such a cool new technology if only a fraction of humankind has access to it?
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