Advances in Technology
Advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning and advances in speech recognition technology have made a huge impact on how we interact with our smart devices. In fact, Google’s speech recognition technology has a 95% accuracy rate when the spoken language is English and Google is not the only tech company working on the perfection of voice recognition.
Smartphone based voice assistants
Siri by Apple became the first digital virtual assistant to be standard on a smartphone when the iPhone 4s came out on October 4, 2011. Siri moved into the smart speaker world when the HomePod debuted in February 2018. Google Assistant on the Android platform followed.
Smart-speaker based voice assistants
Smart speakers quickly followed with “Alexa” and “Hey Google” to became a part of many household conversations. Alexa by Amazon is part of the Echo and the Dot.
Google Assistant is part of the Google Home with its latest speakers coming under the Nest product line. Each range now include models combining a speaker and screen.
Samsung has Bixby. IBM has Watson. Microsoft has Cortana on its Windows 10, Xbox One machines, and Windows phones, and Nuance has Nina.
Developing for voice assistants
Developing for the many platforms can be complex. Each platform has its own developer environment: Siri, Google actions, Alexa skills, Bixby Capsules
Creating successful conversational experiences requires a breadth of expertise; conversation design, development skills and experience in the platforms of choice.
At The Bot Forge we aim to craft conversations that are natural and intuitive for users. We will help scale your conversations across all devices to help users wherever they are.
Developing content for voice search
Smart speakers are becoming more commonplace in households around the globe and as smartphone use is widespread its no surprise that voice search is becoming increasingly important.
For example in addition to presenting your content as a rich result on Google Search, with the correct mark-up, Google can automatically build an Action that presents your content on the Google Assistant and creates an entry in the Assistant directory.
For optimum results you will have to regularly fine-tune your SEO strategy. As well as creating voice experiences The Bot Forge can help you optimise for voice search.