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Google Assistant beats Siri, Alexa on smartphones in IQ test



New York: All three of the leading digital assistants are getting better at responding to human questions, but one still holds the top spot.

For the second year in a row, Loup Ventures found that Google Assistant answered more questions correctly than Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa in its annual IQ test. The study tested smartphone-based digital assistants by asking each the same 800 questions about finding nearby places, ordering goods, navigating and more. The study evaluated whether the assistants correctly understood the question and the accuracy of their responses.

Google Assistant correctly answered 93% of the questions and understood all 800, according to Loup Ventures. Siri came in second, answering 83% correctly and misunderstanding two questions. Alexa answered 80% correctly but only misunderstood one, according to the study.

The ranking remained consistent with that of last year’s study, but all three assistants improved their scores, Loup Ventures said. In July 2018, Google Assistant answered 86% of questions correctly while Siri answered 79% correctly. Alexa made the biggest jump from year to year, improving nearly 19 percentage points from an accuracy score of just 61% in 2018.

This year, Siri outperformed Google Assistant in the command category, according to the study. Both “far outperformed” Amazon’s Alexa in this category, which the study’s authors attributed to the fact that both are baked into the phones’ operating systems, while Alexa is part of a third-party app.

While one might expect Alexa to be best at questions about ordering goods, Loup Ventures said Google Assistant actually had the widest lead in the commerce category. Google Assistant correctly answered 92% of questions in the section, while Alexa answered 71% correctly and Siri 68%. Still, the researchers said they don’t think a significant number of consumers are making purchases through voice commands, based on consumer surveys and personal experience.













Andrew McDonald appointed Rajasthan Royals head coach




New Delhi: Former Australian cricketer Andrew McDonald has been brought in as the head coach of Rajasthan Royals on a three-year contract. McDonald, who has previously played in IPL for Delhi Daredevils (2009 and 2011) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (2012 and 2013), also comes with coaching experience in the league – having been the bowling coach of Virat Kohli’s side. McDonald comes in to replace Paddy Upton, who was only appointed before the start of the previous season.

McDonald, who has significant experience of coaching will have to take Rajasthan to the epitome of success as they aim their second IPL title. Notably, Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of the competition in 2008 under the leadership of Shane Warne.

This will be Andrew McDonald’s second stint in the IPL. He has also worked with Royal Challengers Bangalore last year; however, the team management replaced the support staff. Bangalore roped in Mike Hesson as their director of Cricket Operations.

Speaking on his appointment, Andrew McDonald stated that he is keen to take up the new challenge with the Rajasthan side. He also said that he can’t wait to associate with the best players in the biggest league across the world.

“I’m delighted to join the Royals family,” said McDonald. “It’s a great honour to take on this responsibility. The Rajasthan Royals is a new, exciting challenge for me, and I can’t wait to get started working with our world-class players and coaches in one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world,” he added.

Rajasthan Royals, the inaugural IPL champions, had finished at the seventh spot in 2019 edition after registering five wins and ending with 11 points at the end of the league stage.

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