Google Now Has Become More Intelligent Than Siri
Google Now and Apple’s Siri are the intelligent voice assistants that answer your queries and help you manage your tasks efficiently. Apple’s Siri has been regarded as more useful and intelligent than Google Now but according to recent research by Gene Munster, managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, Google Now fares better than Apple’s Siri.
Voice assistants are the next big thing for mobile phones. Google has offered their version under alias “Google Now,” Apple’s voice assistant is called “Siri” and Microsoft calls their voice assistant application program as “Cortana.”
These voice assistants are artificially intelligent programs that answer queries using voice commands. The efficiency of these programs is determined by how accurately they answer user’s queries, how they capture voice commands and how they use data from different sources.
Voice assistants have their limitations though — at least in current age. These programs can find it difficult to understand what is being asked, they have difficulties in finding the right information over Internet, and sometimes they can fail miserably in coming even close to what was asked.
Google Now vs Siri: The Research
Munster conducted the research to evaluate the accuracy of artificially intelligent voice assistant programs offered by Google and Apple, Google Now and Siri respectively. He asked 800 questions covering five categories — general information, commerce, local information, navigation, and OS commands. Half of the total questions were asked indoors, and the other half were asked outdoors.
Google Now vs Siri: Observations
Munster found out that Siri used Bing as the default search engine to search for answers. It used Apple Maps for questions related to navigation category. He observed that Siri used Google’s search engine for only 3 percent of the total questions. It was able to answer 4 percent of the total questions on its own.
Google Now performed best for questions from navigation, local and general information categories. But it was not as good as Siri in interpreting OS commands like asking, “Send a message to John.”
Google Now vs Siri: Conclusions
Google Now performed slightly better than Siri — answering 86 percent of the total questions correctly while Siri was able to correctly answer 84 percent of the total questions. Google Now, hence, received a grade of ‘B’ and Siri was awarded with a ‘B-‘.
Apart from interpreting OS commands better than Google Now, Siri also performed better in consolidating data from different sources and answering the query more intelligently.
“We believe that Google Now will continue to improve its OS Command performance as it continues to release more voice-compatible devices (i.e. Glass, Moto X, and Moto G),” Munster said.
Both Siri and Google Now have performed better than they did in their previous tests conducted in 2013 and 2012. The efficiency of voice assistants can be a major factor in determining smartphone’s worth. Microsoft is also offering its version named Cortana. We hope to see more intelligent voice assistants in future.
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