It’s so hard to find good help these days.
I know I am not the only one who was recently taken aback when Google assistant ceased to assist without location services enabled. Google has crossed a line. It seems fitting that Google is owned by Alphabet, because every permission afforded to it could potentially be used by any number of alphabet soup government agencies, down the road (FBI, CIA, DHS, etc). I was still willing to afford it almost every prying, privacy impeding permission, with that notable exception. When Big Brother comes to take away the guns it saw in my Google photos, I don’t want to be quite so easy to find (I’m kidding there but geez). I’m sure Google already knows where I am right now but I don’t want to be sure-sure because I said “sure, you can track me”.
I’ve been using the search engine DuckDuckGo, because it does not track your every click and query. I have not missed Google one bit. Certainly, there is a third-party assistant app to which I can so comfortably acclimate. I am off to review my options. I’ll let you know what I determine. If you have already found a functionable alternative, I would appreciate your input.