Cloud connectivity allows for users to have access to a wealth of information on the internet. Users can stream music, ask for the weather, book a flight, order take-out, play a movie, and more. Cloud-only connectivity works best for devices that don’t require any embedded features, such as a mobile device, app, or smart speaker.
Embedded voice assistants open a world of possibilities with their enhanced security, lower processing power, and reduced costs. Everything is stored locally on the embedded voice assistant with no access to the cloud, so privacy is increased, and voice control can still be used in areas without an internet connection. Embedded voice assistants work well for devices in healthcare, manufacturing, QSRs, hospitality, and the hearables and wearables markets.
Hybrid voice solutions offer the best of both worlds—cloud connectivity and embedded functionalities. Users will have access to the internet to search and stream with the convenience of hands-free embedded operability, such as rolling up and down windows, preheating the oven, or closing the blinds. Voice-enabled cars and IoT devices are among those most suited for hybrid voice assistants.
When starting on your voice-first strategy, it’s essential to evaluate your target audience, their needs, and their expectations to choose the voice AI connectivity option that will work best for them and for your voice assistant.
Infuse personality into your voice AI
In an increasingly growing voice AI market, it’s not enough to have high accuracy and speed to gain brand loyalty and user satisfaction. Brands need to differentiate their voice assistant from their competitors. One way to stand out from the crowd is to make your voice assistant likable and relatable.
Users can have more natural interactions with voice assistants by adding human-like qualities, such as conversational speech, good grammar, and appropriate intelligence. Nothing throws a conversation off more than hearing a voice assistant respond with inaccurate grammar, which leads the user to think there is something seriously wrong with it or that it’s too robotic.