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The unstated obnoxiousness of Google’s Gemini enhancements – Computerworld

The Gemini on Android actuality

The reality is that utilizing Gemini as an assistant on Android, to borrow a phrase from my smart progeny, nonetheless sucks. And it’s not as a result of its generative AI parlor tips aren’t as much as snuff. That stuff — all the brand new tips Gemini brings to the desk — truthfully doesn’t matter all that a lot for many of us on this context.

As I mused a pair months again:

In relation to an on-demand cellular system assistant, we don’t want the power to have mediocre textual content or creepy photos created for us from anyplace throughout Android. We want a quick, constant, dependable system for interacting with our telephone and different linked units, getting issues completed with our core productiveness providers, and getting brief bursts of primary data spoken aloud to us in response to easy questions.

What Google’s scrambling to do now’s catch Gemini up with these foundational fundamentals — the desk stakes, in different phrases, and the naked minimal of what makes for an efficient and dependable telephone assistant. And whereas it might be making spectacular strides towards that aim, within the meantime, Gemini continues to fail on the core duties we really need from a service of this nature whereas additionally persevering with to be pushed as a default for an increasing number of individuals who by no means requested for it. And on the identical time, Assistant itself — because of its obvious abandonment inside Google — is additionally now flailing at those self same duties, which it as soon as dealt with handily.

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