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Who Will Win The Super Bowl? Ask Alexa

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With the Super Bowl on the horizon, voice assistants are offering their own predictions as to who will win football’s big game. Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant all have guesses if asked for their opinions, CNBC reported.

The responses range from simple analytic predictions to longer, light-hearted forecasts. When the news outlet asked Siri for her guess, she responded, “The odds favor the Patriots over the Rams by 2.5 points.”

Alexa, however, provided a more long-winded answer: “As much as I want the Rams to win, you can never count out the New England Patriots. My prediction? The Patriots will be taking home the Vince Lombardi trophy. And Tom Brady will need to use his other hand to take home that sixth Super Bowl ring.”

Google’s answers, according to the outlet, varied. One of its responses was “I like teams associated with animals, so I’ll take the Rams. But the Patriots do have the GOAT in Tom Brady, so I guess we’ll see what happens.”

The news comes after the National Football League (NFL) rolled out its first stand-alone voice assistant app, which is dubbed “The Rookie’s Guide to the NFL.” The organizations’ Alexa skill is said to include information about the history of the Super Bowl, as well as provide podcast previews. Those who use the app can ask Alexa “how tall is Aaron Rodgers?” or “what is defensive pass interference?” — among other questions.

According to one report, “When responding to questions, the skill can return answers in a variety of forms, including both as short and longer (‘Go Long’) definitions, or as videos and images on Alexa devices with screens.” An NFL flash briefing for news that the league had previously launched is also included in the Alexa skill.

The launch of the app comes as Alexa is gaining more skills. The number of Alexa skills more than doubled in the U.S., jumped by 152 percent in Germany, and spiked by 233 percent in the U.K. during last year, per previous reports.

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