Hey, Google, Alexa and Siri: You finally get what we're saying

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Not all voice assistants can handle the same requests. We put Siri, Alexa and Google to the test. Personal digital assistants – the voice-based interfaces that started with Apple's Siri – were supposed to enable entirely new and significantly more intuitive ways of interacting with our devices, but they ended up being so frustrating that many people gave up on them. Thankfully, we're starting to see some significant advances in phone-based digital assistants, and recent developments from both Microsoft's Build and Google's I/O (and likely from Apple's upcoming WWDC) developer conferences all highlight the important progress that has been made. These conferences, primarily intended for software developers to learn about new advances in the host company's technology platforms, also serve as a great guidepost for consumers to understand how technology is evolving.