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sunwukong said:Google's access to sensitive private information really is making their assistant more capable for users. It's still up to the individual if this gain in function is a fair tradeoff.
jbdragon said:Go Google doing a number of commands is what Alexa started doing not to long ago. It is a nice feature. Not a HUGE deal. You know what is a big deal? Have you seen Alexa and it's Blueprint? Being able to easily create your own skills?
Siri is following more and more behind. I have a Alexa Dot and a Google Mini which I got during the Christmas shopping season when these things were selling for $40. That way I can personally play with Alexa, Google and Siri and do my own comparisons to my own needs. Siri works well most of the time, but it also lacks in area's and again falling behind. Also not having a cheap $50, or even $100 option is hurting Apple in this area. While I personally think the Apple Watch is a better overall device as it works in every room I'm in and outside and away from my house. But a Smart Speaker would work better in a family environment for a number of people, not just 1 person.
Personally, I bought an Echo because it was on sale last summer, and I wanted to try it out. Not long after that, I had bought 3 Dots, multiple smart switches, outlets, bulbs, thermostats, etc., and for me, I have found it really convenient to just sort of "talk to your house". I am fully invested in this Echo/Alexa 'ecosystem' now, not just in money, but in our home life. We use them for so much, it is like imagining going back to corded rotary phones, (I was there...), compared to cordless and cellular. I can't go back to not having them around, unless say camping or something. We went on vacations and have brought at least one Dot with us to have in the room for things like weather, time, music, and so forth. Ok, so HomePod is maybe shooting at a different target, I don't know, but it damn sure is not going to ever replace this consetllation of Echo/Alexa devices in our home, and maybe even the car. I do believe that there is a market for home automation and 'voice butler' that Apple is simply ignoring. I do not want to have to hold something in my hand and push a button, or say 'hey siri'. I do have to say wake word 'alexa', but it does now have a follow up mode where you don't have to do that every time, if sequential requests.
gutengel said:Google's presentation was rather impressive and creepy. Apple really needs step up their game, I haven't seen a presentation from them that gets me excited in a long time. Privacy and security are great, but there should be some compromises.
BTW, there was article recently about how to get a copy of the data that Apple has on you:
On mine, I've received a response, and things are in process. I just am curious as to what there is, not pulling at my pearl necklace over it, though. I would if they were doing dastardly evil things, which I do not trust Google or FAcebook, et al., not to do, for reasons made recently obvious.
Google's access to sensitive private information really is making their assistant more capable for users. It's still up to the individual if this gain in function is a fair tradeoff.
levansic said:He also served on the Apple board of directors between Aug. 28 2006 and Aug.3, 2009, and stepped down to avoid any conflicts of interest after Android had copied enough from the iPhone to really piss off Steve Jobs..
There. Fixed it.