Voice assistants are still dumb computers programmed to provide you answers to questions and control your Spotify playlist. But just once, I’d love my Google Home to help me out with a joke or two when my brother comes over. After all, what’s the use of a voice assistant if it can’t help you roast your friends? With…
If you think being able to purchase stuff with only your voice is neat, kids—who have no concept of money—will think it’s straight-up magic. Here are a few ways you can keep curious kids from treating your Amazon Echo like a real-life Santa Claus.
Google recently released its own home voice assistant, the aptly named Google Home. It can do all kinds of interesting things, but some of its features may not work well if your home or work addresses aren’t properly set up to begin with.
Android: Controlling your phone while you drive isn’t terribly easy. Google Now and other voice assistants can do a lot, but Drivemode takes the idea a step further. It incorporates many of those voice commands with a simple, gesture and color-based interface that’s powerful without being distracting.
Android/iOS: Every major operating system these days comes with its own personal voice assistant, but most of them are stuck on their own platform. Hound, the assistant from SoundHound, is available in beta for Android and coming to iOS.
Siri got a ton of improvements in iOS 7 and a bunch of new features as well. Now, you can ask it all sorts of things, from launching apps to getting sports scores. Redditor Cheeziz_Chrust put together a list of pretty much everything you can ask Siri these days.
iOS (jailbroken): Google recently updated its Search app on iOS to include Siri-like voice searches, and if you like Google's offering better (or can't get Siri on your device), free tweak NowNow let you launch Google's voice search with a shortcut—just like Siri.