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Google steps up mobile digital assistant game

Google is stepping up its efforts in the mobile digital assistant game, according to a post on the official Google Search blog. The voice assistant found in the Google mobile application now better understands the natural speech of humans and is smarter when it comes to the context of questions people ask.

Apple's Siri: First to market and still most popular

Apple's Siri – the first mobile digital assistant to the market – is still the most popular, beating out new comers Microsoft's Cortana and Google Now in a survey of users by Expert Exchange.

Recent acquisitions see Apple bolstering digital assistant Siri

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.

Cortana to go head-to-head with Siri, Google Now

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. 

Enterprise virtual assistant tech may be on the horizon

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.

News Scan: Yahoo buys mobile analytics firm Flurry; Google Now beats Siri in search accuracy; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for July 22, including Yahoo's latest mobile move, where Google has a leg up on Apple, the potential drawbacks to wearables according to TechNavio, a new COO for BlackBerry and the newest service expected to explode in Malaysia.

Google Now adds car rentals, concert tickets and college football scores

Google is updating its Now personal assistant service, highlighted by support for car rentals and concert tickets.

Report: Google's Moto X to feature always-on voice commands, active updates

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 Now for Android adds TV Cards, Google Offers

Google is updating its Now personal assistant service for Android devices, introducing new second-screen television viewing interactions and location-based offers.

Google Now personal assistant app finally arrives on Apple's iOS

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.