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Google to take on Siri with its own iPhone AI assistant app

  • App will be an iOS version of the firm’s Android assistant app
  •  Could be shown off later this week at its I/O developer conference

Google is set to take on Siri in a battle of the smartphone smart assistants.

The search giant is set to unveil an iOS app version of its popular Google assistant later this week at its I/O developer conference.

The firm is expected to release the app as Apple is putting the finishing touches to a smart speaker based on its Siri technology.

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The search giant is set to unveil an iOS app version of its popular Google assistant later this week at its I/O developer conference. The same software powers its Home speaker (pictured)

The search giant is set to unveil an iOS app version of its popular Google assistant later this week at its I/O developer conference. The same software powers its Home speaker (pictured)

Android Police says ‘according to a trusted source, Google plans to announce that the Google Assistant will be launching on iOS soon as a standalone app.

‘The announcement could come as soon as Google’s I/O conference this week, but it’s unclear exactly what Google’s plans are at this time.’

It is believed the app will combine ‘chat’ style functionality in the Google Allo version of Assistant and the voice-controlled version found on Android.

At the unveiling of its Home speaker in May, Google boss Sundar Pichai said:  ‘We think of the assistant as an ambient experience that goes across devices – this is more than just phones, it will be on devices they wear, in their car and in their living rooms.’

The leading tech companies are all competing to assist consumers in their online activities such as shopping, since that gives the companies a better chance of selling advertising or other services.

Home-based systems like the Echo are taking on more importance with the advent of improved voice technology, according to Julie Ask, an analyst at Forrester Research.

It comes as Apple is set to release a smart Siri speaker alongside a 10.5-inch iPad Pro at its highly anticipated World Developers Conference in June.

The device is expected to resemble the 9.7-in model, but will boast a larger screen on the same chassis size with narrower bezels, and comes amid falling global tablet sales.  

Google’s $130 (£105) Home speaker is triggered by the phrase ‘Hey Google’ while Amazon’s Echo uses ‘Alexa’.

Amazon’s smart speaker is available in two versions – the full sized $180 (£145) Echo shown here, and a smaller, $50 (£40) version called the Echo Dot.

Amazon Echo relies on Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Wikipedia, while Google Home uses the company’s own Google Search.

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Both Home and Echo are continually listening for commands, though Google and Amazon say nothing gets passed back to them until the speakers hear a keyword — ‘OK, Google’ for Home and ‘Alexa’ for Echo.

Google’s Assistant software is also able to answer follow-up questions on the same topic, in a near-conversation style, but Echo as yet cannot.

However, Amazon’s Alexa software has a wider range of skills on offer that enable it to link up with and control more third-party devices around the home.

A light comes on to remind you that it’s listening.

You can turn off the microphone temporarily, too.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is set to kick off on June 5 and last until June 9, which the firm uses to showcase new software and technologies for developers.

And Apple usually has a few surprises in stored for attendees and viewers.

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared the last predictions with 9to5Mac, in which he said there is more than 50 percent chance the smart speaker will be unveiled at the conference and more than 70 percent chance the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will also make an appearance.

Apple is set to release a 10.5-inch iPad Pro (stock) at its highly anticipated World Developers Conference in June. The device is expected to resemble the 9.7-in model, but will boast a larger screen on the same chassis size with narrower bezels

Apple is set to release a 10.5-inch iPad Pro (stock) at its highly anticipated World Developers Conference in June. The device is expected to resemble the 9.7-in model, but will boast a larger screen on the same chassis size with narrower bezels

Kuo described the iPad as ‘an all-new design’, as it will have the same chassis size as the 9.7-inch model, but will boast a larger screen.

It is believed that the device will mirror the design of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8.

And Kuo speculates that Apple will ship about six million 10.5-inch iPad Pros this year.

But what has many iOS fans sitting on the edge of the seats is the possibility of a Siri Speaker.

Rumors regarding the a smart speaker hit the web in September 2016, when news spread that the device had left the research and development lab and was being tested as a prototype.

Although this technology would put the iPhone maker in the same game as Amazon and Google, who is developing Google Home, Apple envisions it a little different – it would augment its smartphones.

APPLE’S SIRI-DRIVEN SMART SPEAKER

Sonny Dickson, who is known for sharing inside information in the tech world, revealed that Apple is ‘currently finalizing’ its smart speaker that will be marketed as a ‘Siri/AirPlay device’.

Adding Airplay support to the device would let users push music, radio, and podcasts to the Apple hardware over Wi-Fi, which typically offers better quality than Bluetooth.

 Rumors regarding the a smart speaker hit the web in September 2016, when news spread that the device had left the research and development lab and was being tested as a prototype

 Rumors regarding the a smart speaker hit the web in September 2016, when news spread that the device had left the research and development lab and was being tested as a prototype

He also revealed details that it could ‘carry some form of Beats technology and is expected to run on variant iOS’.

Dickson also told Mashable that it would have a ‘concave top’ with the controls, ‘Mac Pro style.’

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also revealed that the device will have a ‘touch panel’, but it is not clear whether this means it will boast capacitive buttons or the design of Amazon’s new Echo Show.

Apple is attempting to differentiate itself from the other firms with more advanced microphone and speaker technology, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg in September.

And some of the technology in the prototype includes facial recognition sensors, another said.

The public did not hear about the device again until April when Sonny Dickson, a well-known tech leaker, revealed that the Cupertino company was ‘currently finalizing’ its smart speaker and noted that it will be marketed as a ‘Siri/AirPlay device’.

The public did not hear about the device again until April when Sonny Dickson, a well-known tech leaker, revealed that the Cupertino company was 'currently finalizing' its smart speaker and noted that it will be marketed as a 'Siri/AirPlay device' 

The public did not hear about the device again until April when Sonny Dickson, a well-known tech leaker, revealed that the Cupertino company was ‘currently finalizing’ its smart speaker and noted that it will be marketed as a ‘Siri/AirPlay device’

Sonny Dickson, who is known for sharing inside information in the tech world. It could also 'carry some form of Beats technology and is expected to run on variant iOS'. The device could also be designed with capacitive buttons or a touch screen 

Sonny Dickson, who is known for sharing inside information in the tech world. It could also ‘carry some form of Beats technology and is expected to run on variant iOS’. The device could also be designed with capacitive buttons or a touch screen

Not only did he mention that the device is near completion, but he also shared details that it could ‘carry some form of Beats technology and is expected to run on variant iOS’.

Dickson told Mashable that it would have a ‘concave top’ with the controls, ‘Mac Pro style.’

And earlier this month, Kuo said that the Apple will unveil the Siri speaker at WWDC.

The product is believed to be aimed at bringing Appl’e AI into the home, and will have a higher price tag that the Amazon range, which begins at $49 for the Echo Dot.

Kuo has also noted that the device will have a ‘touch panel’, but it is not clear whether this means it will boast capacitive buttons or the design of Amazon’s new Echo Show.

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