Newsletter: APPLE iOS 12.1.2 Update Goes From Bad To Worse And Google Assistant Beats Other Voice Assistants

Newsletter: APPLE iOS 12.1.2 Update Goes From Bad To Worse And Google Assistant Beats Other Voice Assistants
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.” Zawinski’s law

IOS 12.1.2 MAKES NEW IPHONE VULNERABLE

THE STORY

After updating to iOS 12.1.2 users are unable to make calls or send messages.

WHAT IS THE SNAG IN LATEST IOS UPDATE?

iOS 12.1.2, the recent update released by Apple which claims to fix connectivity issues along with eSIM issues is making things worse for the users. After updating to the latest version, hundreds of users posted on Twitter that they were unable to make calls or send messages. This indicates that the LTE service gets disabled after the update.

Read more about the iOS 12.1.2 update

WHAT IS THE REASON BEHIND THIS PROBLEM?

The reason behind these data issues is still a mystery and as usual, Apple stays tongue-tied on the fix.

CAN THIS PROBLEM BE FIXED?

Up till now, Apple has not released any fix. But according to reports, Apple has started testing iOS 12.1.3 Beta. The release date of which is still unknown.

If you are facing the similar issue, then you can try the below-mentioned fixes:

  • The first possible solution is to disable Wi-Fi calling by heading to the Settings app on your iOS device.
  • If this doesn’t work, go to Cellular Data Options and change Enable LTE from Voice & Data to Data Only.

GOOGLE ASSISTANT AGAIN WINS THE RACE

THE STORY

In a test meant to understand the effectiveness of smart speakers, Google’s Assistant outperforms by showing 87.9% accuracy in answering the questions.

WHY WAS THE TEST PERFORMED?

As smart speakers continue to be one of the biggest battlegrounds for tech giants. Loup Ventures conducted Smart Speaker IQ test to make users aware of the best and optimized smart speaker. The test consisted of 800 questions split into five categories – commerce, Local information, navigation, information in general and commands.

WHAT WERE THE FINDINGS?

According to the test results, Google Assistant answered 87.9% questions correctly, followed by Apple Siri that achieved 75% accuracy as 3 questions were misunderstood. Amazon Alexa had to settle in third position as it achieved 73% accuracy because it couldn’t answer and understand 8 queries.

Apart from this, Loup said proper nouns seems to be the major pain point for most speakers.

What research firm has to say?

“Google Assistant was the only assistant to properly understand all 800 of the questions, but the others were able to understand 99 per cent or more,” said the research firm.

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