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Voice assistants are making the smartphone redundant

We have been using smartphones for over 20 years now. They have evolved from clunky brick-like devices, only to return back to clunky brick-like devices. Companies have toyed with various form factors, from flip phones to bendy phones and several other impractical designs. But it seems like the ‘slab’ is here to stay.

Limitations of the smartphone, include its small screen sizes, inefficiency multitasking, being a general nuisance in public, and not to mention the small fact that they can be used to spy on us.

So perhaps it is time to stop trying to evolve the smartphone and ditch the technology once and for all? Like all other technologies that have become part of our daily life, smartphones will not just simply disappear. It will be decades before they are rendered obsolete, however, the process has already begun.

Say ‘Hey Siri’

Siri made its debut in 2010 on the Apple iPhone; while at that time it was largely considered a bit gimmicky, the voice assistant has managed to carve a special space for itself in our lives. Siri was basically able to do things like schedule appointments, find emails and make small notes. Its emergence signified an improvement in our ability to engage with our smartphones, and this has developed even further over time.

Today it can help you navigate while driving, choose what to watch on your Apple TV, and can even turn the lights on and off in your bedroom. While Siri may be the most recognizable digital voice assistant, it is not the only one out there by any measure.

There is Google Assistant, Samsung’s Bixby, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa. In fact, some of these assistants are far smarter than Siri. Despite the fact that it was first on the scene, Siri does not have access to the same array of information that is at the disposal of search giant’s like Google.

Stone Temple collected a set of 5000 different questions about ‘everyday factual knowledge’ to try to gauge which personal assistant is the smartest.