For those of you who have never had the pleasure of using Google Assistant on their phone, smart speaker or even a smart display, you can get some idea of how the virtual digital helper works by directing your browser to the online Google Store (store.google.com). Go to the section about the Google Home Mini. From there, scroll down about a quarter of the way down the page and you'll see the heading "Try for yourself, Hey Google..." with the microphone icon underneath.
Click on the microphone, and you'll be asked to give the Google Store permission for it to access your computer's microphone. Ask whatever it is you would ask the Assistant on your Android phone or Google Home smart speaker. . The answer will be spoken by the usual Google Assistant voice, and the screen will show the response in text at the same time. Just remember that since this demo version of Assistant has no connection with your personal account, you can't use it to turn on and off smart appliances, or request personal information.
Google Assistant and Alexa are widely considered to be the top two personal assistants, with Siri in third. If you've always been interested in checking out Google Assistant, but don't own a Google Home smart speaker or a Android device, this is your opportunity.