The trance surrounding Mac OS and Windows may sound really blasé, but speculations involving old-school rivalries Apple and Microsoft again hit the spotlight after the former recently brought a limited extension of Siri to the Apple TV. Meanwhile, Microsoft also announced in March that it plans to integrate its intelligent personal assistant, Cortana, into the popular gaming console Xbox One, where it described the AI system as a “personal gaming assistant” able to help you find new games, tips and tricks.
Contrary to what Google and Amazon are doing for smart speakers (Google Home and Amazon Echo), both Apple and Microsoft will be using smart TVs to carry AI-based assistants for their operating systems.
While voice activation will undoubtedly remain the backbone of home automation control, two emerging patterns can be seen – one that adopts a small, portable speaker device while the other requires a smart TV.
Put simply, the solutions by Apple and Microsoft are not portable—unlike Amazon's Echo or Goggle's Home. So, when you're in the kitchen making dinner and want to ask Siri about something, chances are your Apple TV won't be in the same room as you, but instead next to your television set.
Although it is still too early to tell who will prevail in the intelligent personal assistant arena, only time will tell when Apple, Google and Microsoft officially enter the fray with their solutions on the market.