Apple continued to gird its artificial intelligence portfolio recently with the acquisition of a startup called Perceptio. Add that to another recent acquisition, natural language-focused VocalIQ, and it seems that the company is trying to make a push in the increasingly heated mobile digital assistant space.
Microsoft is pitting its virtual assistant, Cortana, directly against Siri and Google Now with new apps for iPhone and Android. The new capabilities may prove useful for the many mobile workers who use Windows computers but carry iPhones or Android devices.
If Apple and Google get their way, Siri and Google Now might soon vie for attention as your virtual secretary. According to news reports, both smartphone manufacturers are looking at ways connect their virtual assistant technology to enterprise data to give workers a whole new way of accessing company apps and information.
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Google is updating its Now personal assistant service, highlighted by support for car rentals and concert tickets.
A new demonstration video reportedly released by Canadian operator Rogers Wireless indicates Google's forthcoming Moto X smartphone will integrate an always-on voice command feature enabling users to access services and information without touching the handset.
Google is updating its Now personal assistant service for Android devices, introducing new second-screen television viewing interactions and location-based offers.
Google is expanding its Now personal assistant service to rival Apple's iOS mobile operating system, where it will compete head to head with Apple's own Siri voice assistant technology.
A video indicating Google will expand its Now personal assistant service to Apple's iOS surfaced briefly Tuesday on YouTube before disappearing from the site soon after, Engadget reports.
Google is updating its signature Search application for smartphones running Android 4.1 and up, introducing a new Google Now widget making it easier to access personalized information.