Tricks to take advantage of the voice assistant on your cell phone

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Discover functions to find information, get recommendations and organize the day.

Having a virtual assistant at your fingertips is not something new, but the constant evolution of systems such as Google Assistant, Siri and Bixby gives smartphones an increasingly intelligent air with a wide range of activities that you can now delegate to his cellphone.

These assistants are one of the most used artificial intelligence (AI) developments in everyday life for tasks that range from functional, such as asking you to remind you of a medical appointment or recognizing the melody that sounds on the radio, until entertaining, with fun games and answers to challenging questions.

Knowing the weather that will be tomorrow, doing a search on the internet or adding an event to your calendar, which sound simple, have a great understanding of human language behind. According to Google, your assistant can understand more than 5,000 different ways in which someone asks you to set your alarm.

Although attendees are used on smart speakers and other devices, we show you some features that you can take advantage of on your phones using the three most popular ones.

‘Hey, Siri’

Apple’s smart bet came in 2011. Siri was born for versions of the iOS 5 operating system onwards and was one of the reasons why the apple company consolidated itself as an innovative manufacturer by giving way to the first mobile phones capable of Do more than receive calls, messages or store content locally.

For years, Siri seemed to stagnate, but Apple has struggled to regain ground. Unlike other attendees, Siri achieves a voice-to-text translation that understands punctuation marks in several languages. Therefore, it is quite skillful to send messages for you, without having to touch your device. It also has integration to the AirPods, to activate commands with a touch or just by voice.

Siri can communicate in 21 languages ​​and is present in 36 countries, it is compatible with Apple products, from iPad to Apple TV 4K and HD.

Siri users in Mexico, USA UU. and Canada can make restaurant reservations with the help of their assistant. While some features are not yet available in Spanish in certain territories, you can ask them to call a contact, read their latest messages, recognize the song that is playing, search their photos, find routes on maps or estimate how long it may take to Arrive at a destination.

What else could I do? Calculate a mathematical operation, translate sentences, find another Apple device, monitor the performance of an action in the stock market, recommend movies and search for music or podcasts.

It is a breakthrough that recognizes the competition it faces today and that sends to the past the days in which Siri seemed relegated to managing the calendar and answering questions and rudeness.

In fact, a response from Apple’s smart assistant, in its first versions, inspired the title of a recent Unesco report in which the organization asks the world’s developers to avoid gender stereotypes in virtual assistants. The report, called ‘I’d Blush if I Could’ (‘I would blush if I could’), states that in the current state, these systems, mostly of female voices, reproduce an imaginary of “servility” in front of the image Feminine

‘OK, Google’

The first voice assistant from this manufacturer came to Android in 2016, starting with version 5.0 of the operating system. According to Miguel Alva, marketing manager for Latin America of the Mountain View firm, it is part of the company’s efforts to integrate its AI developments into several products.

“We look for ways to facilitate the lives of users and provide tools that help them. With the focus on AI, the idea of ​​an assistant with which he interacts in a natural, simple and fun way ”arose, he says.

The bet of Google, which is available in 30 languages ​​and in more than 80 countries, has summoned a large community of developers and manufacturers. Assistant lives in smart watches, televisions, speakers, tablets and phones. Alva points out that it can even be used on the iPhone (yes, through apps like Home or Search).

“The ecosystem behind the assistant adds developers and manufacturers to not only live in our products, but continually add services and add experiences that range from asking you to open your favorite series on Netflix and the system remember in which chapter you were going, to order food from your home and ask for ‘the usual’, ”he explains.

Instructions to follow recipes step by step, store your shopping list and remember it later; Control previously synchronized systems, such as smart lights or heaters, the list of functions grows daily. If you wish, you can ask him to help you meditate or play relaxing sounds to help you sleep. You can check how your agenda will be tomorrow to prepare appointments and meetings already scheduled in the calendar and make changes with a voice order.

Understanding that an 8-year-old child speaks differently to an adult, and therefore, requires simple answers, has been a process of years.

The development of areas of artificial intelligence such as machine learning, natural language or image processing, among others, are the key to making speakers more and more efficient.

‘Hi, Bixby’

Actors like Samsung are moving forward and seeking to attract the developer community to compete side by side with the landscape reference names of voice assistants. Bixby reached South Korean phones from the Galaxy S8, in 2017 and last year the firm enabled a developer toolkit called Bixby Developer Studio.

Samsung defines Bixby as an open platform that will constantly evolve as more developers create and contribute with ‘innovative capsules’. “We can’t even imagine what the future will hold. But we are excited to find out, ”explains Danny Whang, chief engineer of the AI ​​Strategy Group at Samsung Electronics, in a statement.

Although the adoption of the system has not been massive outside of South Korea and many users still do not know the functions of the assistant, Bixby is the spearhead of the South Korean to integrate artificial intelligence not only to their phones, but also to their Family Hub refrigerators , to smart TVs and their speaker, the Galaxy Home.

According to Carlos Vargas, marketing and integrated communications manager of Samsung Colombia, Bixby emerges in response to user needs: “Voice is the most organic way in which humans communicate. Talking is the most natural, ”he says. Like the other attendees, Bixby is enriched by the interaction with users and develops its service potential as you learn from your preferences and tastes.

At the moment, Bixby operates with common functions such as calculating operations, scheduling reminders or searching among contacts. According to Vargas, he is “an intelligent friend capable of solving situations and facilitating interaction with technology. He is an ideal travel companion, speaks 70 languages, knows things about cities and the distances between them. ”

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