Competitors, however, soon popped up. Who could forget S Voice, the forgettable voice assistant from
, which was eventually replaced by the equally forgettable Bixby. Then there was
. This product was a bit more polished, but
showed Now that it was the past.
entered the voice assistant fray with a tubular speaker known as the Echo. This was an incredibly odd product at its introduction. Why would I want a speaker listening to me anyway? What did Amazon know about voice assistants?
It turns out, Amazon knew a lot. It gave its virtual assistant
a huge array of skills. Then Google's Assistant, introduced as your own personal Google, started showing its smarts.
Siri did receive minor upgrades during all this, but it's far from the top of the class. That being said, Apple can still turn things around. Siri has been recently getting some improvements, since around the time Apple picked up an ex-Googler, John Giannandrea, to be its VP of machine learning and AI strategy back in 2018. Watch my video above for lots more.