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AI assistants of Apple and Google, an unlikely relationship

Among all other voice-controlled AI assistants, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant are in a weird sort of relationship at the moment.

While Siri is the prominent presence on iOS, users have found ways to call upon Google Assistant (if installed) on an iPhone with the help of Siri.

Siri has a feature that lets her create speech shortcuts for applications on an iPhone, which then saves a custom phrase as the ‘go-command’ to open the application. This way, users were able to call upon Google Assistant using Siri with the most commonly used phrase: “Hello Siri, OK Google”

With the recent development of Siri and Google Assistant, this unfortunately set Google’s voice-controlled AI as a second-class citizen on iOS, which Google is not really happy about.

While it is certainly helpful to have AI assistants make calls or make reservations at restaurants ahead of time, reports on issues have come to light a user’s privacy when using Google Assistant.

The application actually pushes the user to allow the Google Assistant to monitor browsing activity, see current location, and unfortunately see credit card purchases as well.

It’s a great example of what they call dark pattern design, which is designed around deception and making users not realize how much they actually give out, which is via privacy.

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