Google’s answer to Siri, which was rumored to be “coming soon” and named “Majel,” is neither of those. A new report indicates that Google is working on an implementation of a voice assistant, called simply “Assistant,” targeting Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) for the release.
We’ve long believed that the only way to create an effective Android answer to Siri would be if it was integrated with the OS and created by Google. There’s just no way to create such fine interaction with the device, otherwise. Thus, this development isn’t unexpected.