• Recent Test Reveals Google Now Voice Search is Slightly Better than Siri

    New testing shows that using Google Now for searching on Android has resulted in better performance than using Siri in terms of accuracy when answering queries despite Siri’s improvements. Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray did a side-by-side comparison of Apple’s Siri and Google Now and found that the Android voice search function correctly answered questions 84% of the time, barely edging out Siri, which was 82% correct.

    Both platforms have seen major improvements in comprehension levels. Specifically, Siri was found this month to correctly interpret questions 96% of the time, up from an 88% accuracy tests conducted in December of 2012. There’s still a disparity between correctly hearing the question and correctly answering it. When Siri heard the question correctly, it still provided the wrong answer 16% of the time.

    Last December, Munster ranked Apple’s Siri with a grade of “C+,” which at the time was even with his assessment of Google Now. In his latest July rankings, although Siri improved to a “B-,” Google’s search was given a slightly better grade of “B.” Munster’s tests also found that Siri continued to reduce its reliance on Google and answered just 3% of questions using data from the search giant. This is considerably lower than the 27% for which it relied on Google in December of 2012.

    Apple recently moved away from Google maps and also uses Microsoft’s Bing as its default search provider for traditional Web content. Apple Maps seems to have taken over not only for Google but also for most Yelp content. The analyst wrote the following regarding the matter:

    We believe Siri will continue increasing the number of queries it can answer without consulting outside sources. This is important because if Siri consistently directs users to other search engines, they will be more likely to simply use Google/another search engine instead of going through Siri.
    Previously, Google Now had an advantage over Siri because it uses Google Search, Google Maps and Google Play together to provide an integrated and comprehensive answer to queries. According to him though, Siri is catching up in this front. In terms of improvements that Apple could make, Munster noted that Siri doesn’t sort search results by pricing or hours of availability. Google Now, however, gives users the ability to filter results based on price, location, rating and hours. Siri on the other hand does give the ability to sort results based on Yelp ratings or distance.

    It should be noted that Munster’s testing was done in both a controlled environment, simulating minimal background noise that a user might experience when using their smartphone indoors as well as an uncontrolled environment. In the uncontrolled test, background noise was kept at about 80 decibels.

    Source: Piper Jaffray via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Recent Test Reveals Google Now Voice Search is Slightly Better than Siri started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      I've always thought google voice was better than Siri?

      Sent from my iPad using ModMyi
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Well, I'm curious to see if these numbers improve with iOS 8.
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