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Google Voice Search is “Definitely Smarter” Than Siri, Says New York Times

When the iPhone 4S was announced, one of the most notable features about it is undoubtedly the voice assistant, Siri. It was certainly touted as a major "feature" to encourage folks on upgrading to the iPhone 4S. Back when Siri was announced, she was helpful, smart and even downright funny. She was the voice assistant with an attitude and capable of making sarcastic remarks and such. But right now, how's Siri working out for you?

Siri VS. Google Voice Search
Just this morning, The New York Times published a blog post that takes a jab at the current performance of Siri. According to the author, Siri had been having several problems. She fails to understand common queries, sometimes she's just unavailable and there cases where she just responds in a repetitive manner.

Siri lured me into a relationship promising to help me set up appointments, to gently wake me in the morning for work, and to give me the ability to text someone while I was driving.

It didn’t work out that way. “There’s something wrong, and I can’t answer your questions right now. Please try again in a little while,” Siri will say when I ask something. Or: “I’m really sorry about this, but I can’t take any requests right now. Please try again in a little while.”

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Piper Jaffray securities analyst Gene Munster has ran a series of test with Siri and found out something interesting. Out of 1,600 voice tests, Siri only manages to answer correctly about 62% to 68% of the time. It is said that the problem doesn't lie with Siri's ability to hear well enough but with her ability to analyze questions. According to the author of the blog post, Google Voice Search which is available on the upcoming Android Jelly Bean, has been performing rather well. It seems to be a much better listener and it is definitely smarter.

If I ask Google Voice Search a question, like, “Who is Tim Cook?” it responds with an answer. (He’s the chief executive of Apple.) If I ask Siri the same question, the response is: “I don’t see Tim Cook in your contacts.”

Keep in mind that Siri is still pretty much on the beta stage and Apple is constantly working on improving it. Will iOS 6 be the catalyst that will allow users to harness Siri's full potential? Or will it simply remain a fad?

How's Siri working out for you? [via iSpazio]

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