Back when Google released its virtual assistant, Google Now to take over Apple’s Siri, it had very limited features. Over the past few years, the search engine giant has improved as well as expanded the software to make it more capable and accurate.
However, Google may have much bigger plans for its virtual assistant than previously thought. According to the Information, Google is in talks with HP for over a year to develop and release an enterprise version of Google Now assistant specifically targeted towards corporate clients.
The basic idea is to make searching through complex corporate data easier. According to the report, Google Now would allow clients to search through a variety of information with simple voice commands, just like Android users search for information on the internet via the software.
Currently, Google Now can perform a number of functions on Android devices. For example, it can answer questions like ‘what’s the population of Kansas’ or set up an alarm for 6 in the morning or even search for plane tickets from one destination to another.
But with the enterprise edition, Google Now will be able to answer questions about financial information, product inventories and much more.
“The idea is for employees to be able to ask their Android device for company information such as financial data or product inventory information in the same way they do routine personal searches for weather, traffic or restaurant locations. Google search doesn’t currently offer any such integration with corporate databases and software applications, but it’s an area Google has looked at as it tries to chip away at the iPhone’s lead among business customers,” says The Information.
While Google may have been trying to develop software for corporate clients, currently Apple is leading the race as it bagged a big deal with IBM recently. Both the companies have joined hands to promote Apple products like iPad and iPhones to enterprise customers. IBM will also streamline its cloud based services for iOS operating system so that customers will have a smooth experience accessing its products.
Hence, Google may be looking to offer much more than just Gmail and Google docs to its enterprise customers.
Partnering up with HP actually makes sense, given that the company has good relationships with hundreds of corporate clients. Its experience could prove valuable in developing and marketing enterprise oriented products to business customers.
Both Google and HP declined to comment on this report but we expect more information about this partnership in the next few months.
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