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Report: 68 Percent Indians Already Smitten by Digital Assistants-Enabled Devices

It's more than double the figure of what the US citizens believe

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69 per cent Indians believe that technology has significantly improved their lives. Pixabay

While still getting acquainted with advanced technology, 68 per cent Indians are already smitten by digital assistants-enabled devices, according to a report. According to the “State of Digital Lifestyles” report by US-based Cloud services provider Limelight Networks, 69 per cent Indians believe that technology has significantly improved their lives. It’s more than double the figure of what the US citizens believe.

As the popularity of smartphones is escalating, 86 per cent Indians confessed that they would not be willing to give them up for more than a day. Merely 4 per cent smartphone users are willing to give up the devices permanently in the country.

So used to screens, even majority desktop users in India don’t wish to let go of their dear screens. But 23 per cent people accepted they could avoid desktops for over a day.

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52 per cent Indians listen to digital music, 41 per cent download or watch movies and TV shows online. Wikimedia Commons

Now that Internet-based services and latest gadgets have become an integral part of daily lives, people, despite their digital dependency, are scared of online frauds and breaches.

Over 61 per cent Indians are more worried about personal information being stolen online currently, than they were a year ago. About digital assistants, 46 per cent Indians have expressed concerns about data privacy.

“India is on a rapid growth trajectory in terms of digital adoption. More people are assimilating digital technologies into their day-to-day lifestyles as the perception continues to improve on the ground. With it, we are witnessing the rise of a new, digitally-empowered India,” said Ashwin Rao, Director – Sales (India), Limelight Networks.

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About digital assistants, 46 per cent Indians have expressed concerns about data privacy. Flickr

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In addition, 52 per cent Indians listen to digital music, 41 per cent download or watch movies and TV shows online. Around 90 per cent Indians have expressed frustration with digital content, but 88 per cent expect that 5G networking would bring faster download speeds.

Two-third of the Indian consumers, 67.2 per cent, prefer to shop online rather than choosing an offline medium, the report said. The “State of Digital Lifestyles” report is based on responses from 4,500 people from India, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the UK and the US. (IANS)

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Google Assistant Beats Alexa, Siri Once Again on Smartphones: Report

“As measured by correct answers, over a 13-month period, Google Assistant improved by 7 percentage points, Siri by 5 points, and Alexa by 18 points,” said the report

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The Google Assistant can now connect with more than 5,000 devices for your home -- up from 1,500 this January, Google has announced.
Google Voice Assistant. Pixabay

As the war between digital assistants intensifies, Google Assistant has once again beaten Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri when it comes to answering queries correctly on smartphones.

In its annual test, research-driven venture capital firm Loup Ventures found that Google Assistant understood every single query and answered correctly 92.9 per cent of the time.

The research team asked the leading digital assistants — Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa — 800 questions each.

Google Assistant was able to correctly answer 93 per cent of them vs Siri at 83 per cent and Alexa at 80 per cent.

In July 2018, Google Assistant correctly answered 86 per cent vs Siri at 79 per cent and Alexa at 61 per cent, said the report from Loup Ventures.

“We separate smartphone-based digital assistants from smart speakers because, while the underlying technology is the same, use cases vary. For instance, the environment in which they are used may call for different language, and the output may change based on the form factor,” the report added.

The research team accounted for this by adjusting the question set to reflect generally shorter queries and the presence of a screen which allows the assistant to present some information that is not verbalized.

“We eliminated Cortana from our test due to Microsoft’s recent shift in Cortanaa¿s strategic positioning,” said the report.

Apple’s Siri. Image source: Wikimedia commons

Testing was conducted using Siri on iOS 12.4, Google Assistant on Pixel XL running Android 9 Pie, and Alexa via the iOS app.

Google Assistant was once again the best performer, correctly understanding all 800 questions. Siri misunderstood two questions while Alexa only misunderstood one.

Google Assistant was the top performer in four of the five categories but fell short of Siri in the Command category again.

“Siri continues to prove more useful with phone-related functions like calling, texting, emailing, calendar and music. Both Siri and Google Assistant, which are baked into the OS of the phone, far outperformed Alexa in the Command section,” the findings showed.

Alexa lives on a third-party app, which, despite being able to send voice messages and call other Alexa devices, cannot send text messages, emails, or initiate a phone call.

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The largest disparity was Google’s out-performanceAin the Commerce category, correctly answering 92 per cent vs Siri at 68 per cent and Alexa at 71 per cent.

Conventional wisdom suggests that Alexa would be best-suited for commerce questions. However, Google Assistant correctly answered more questions about product and service information and where to buy certain items.

“As measured by correct answers, over a 13-month period, Google Assistant improved by 7 percentage points, Siri by 5 points, and Alexa by 18 points,” said the report. (IANS)