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Beginning My 21 Days with Google Assistant

Recently, I droppped my phone and cracked the screen. It's still operational, but it got me thinking...

What if the screen was broken to the point where I couldn't type on it anymore?

What would I resort to so I can keep using my phone?

I could get it repaired or buy a new phone, but those are costly. So instead, why not use voice input?

Luckily, Google has voice input capabilities through Google Assistant. Voice recognition technology nowadays is pretty good, so I doubt it would have a lot of trouble understanding what I say. After trying a few commands, it's clear that you can pretty much speak to it to do things on your phone. I really want to take advantage of that.

With my phone now equipped with Google Assistant, I've made it my goal over the next few weeks to get really acquainted with it. Where I usually type out a query or tap an app for, I'm instead going to start my interaction by saying

Ok, Google

and see what kind of results I get!

My Goal

My goal with this 21 day experiment is to see if using Google Assistant can help me be more efficient and effective. It's not very scientific, but I want to see if I feel like I'm saving time by using voice input. For the times that Google Assistant doesn't give me the results I need, I'll resort to typing again.

What to expect

The blog posts that follow are going to be daily summaries of how I used Google Assistant. I'll try to write about interesting discoveries if I come across any, but I expect it to mostly be "here's what I did" type of posts.

Conclusion

At the end of it all, on December 31st, 2017, I'll summarize the past 21 days in a final blog post.

Very curious to see where this will take me.

Maybe I'll decide to keep using Google Assistant or maybe not. I might end up being super effective with it or I might end up wasting a lot of time. I have a hunch that I will be saving myself a lot of time using voice recognition as input but we'll have to wait and see.

With that, I'll see you in the next post where I go over my first day of using Google Assistant!