What, Google is an app? Unsurprisingly yes. Since when did you think that the real life impersonation of Skynet would not make pushes for a human-computer interface? Well, to be frank Microsoft and Apple did push the boundaries first, but Google is catching up fast.
Mirroring Microsoft's Cortana, Google aims to integrate web searches with advanced queries and functional features, such as answers to practical questions, finding the nearest café or setting up reminders and lists like 'visit mom' and 'make a shopping list', the latter requiring the Google Keep app.
Alas, Google seems to be a godsend when you realize that all of these requests can be made using speech recognition. Just by tapping the mic button that's next to the search bar, or by chanting "Ok, Google" you can begin and communicate with Google's search engine like you would with a personal assistant of sorts. However, Google is not a chatbot, so if you're really looking for a conversation, you're unfortunately out of luck.
You can set up Google to understand a specific spoken language, including specific English accents. If using English, then Google will occasionally speak back to you, however, that does not occur in other languages.
If allowed, Google can also begin aggregating news and other content based on your online activities. This feature must have access to your Gmail account. Once you allow the Skynet app to peek into your online behavior history (not that it wasn't monitored before that, heh!).
Besides the search bar, you will also see a series of cards. There's local weather, sports updates, Youtube videos and so on. All web content is justifying itself by having a small label saying "You've shown interest in ..something, something". You can customize your interests further by swiping away cards that you're not interested in.
Of course, don't expect Google to be neutral with what it puts in front of you. In my case, it omits the fact that I'm constantly watching national socialist videos on Youtube, and instead shows me Metallica cards even though my interest in the band is episodic at best. But that's another st🔯ry.
- Google searches
- Speech recognition
- Verbal responses (pending language)
- Notification feed
- Updates (sports, movies, events)
- Can set up reminders
- Can access Google Keep to make lists and notes
The idea of a Google app comes naturally when you think about it. With the ever expanding apps and features that come with the Android OS, it is only too convenient to have them all accessed by a single voice driven app. Is the singularity closer than we think?