MWC 2018: Google Assistant Demo

Google Assistant Pod

Alexa has a competitor: Google Assistant and the plethora of home pods that make it leave the boundaries of the phone’s not-so-good ambient mikes.

I was fortunate to attend a demo this morning at the Mobile World Congress 2018. You can watch the videos below.

My takeaways:

  • Amazon has one year time advantage over its competitors, but not more.
  • They offer practically the same functionality, but Alexa has been around for longer and has more skills (apps).
  • The only thing where Google Assistant has an advantage over the Amazon Echo family and Alexa is the fact that it can switch language on the fly, and French is already implemented.

It’s time to develop skills in a way that they are easily portable to other platforms.

Enjoy the videos!