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  • Google Search and Siri Go Head-to-Head; Who Wins?


    TechnoBuffalo performed an interesting comparison test between both an iPhone 4S running iOS 6 Beta 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1 Jellybean with their voice assistants. Both of the operating systems are pre-release versions and they are the newest releases from both companies. The iPhone 4S uses Siri to answer the user’s questions and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus uses Google’s new Google Search.

    As shown in the video, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Google’s Google Search voice service is much quicker – nearly lightning fast – in comparison to Apple’s Siri voice service for the iPhone 4S. Answers on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are provided nearly immediately while the iPhone was still trying to load everything it needed to in order to answer the user’s question.

    The big difference between the two is sacrificing either speed or cosmetic gorgeousness for the other. While the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a faster response time for answering questions than Siri does, it’s not necessarily as nice looking as Siri is. Apple’s Siri has a beautiful and detailed look to it, while Google maintains their signature simplistic look with Google Search.

    Another nice difference between the devices and their voice assistants is with how they are used. With the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, there is a button that can be tapped on the main screen to use the voice assistant. With the iPhone 4S, you have to painstakingly hold down on a physical button for a few seconds to open the voice assistant, which takes even longer. Taking this into account with the lightning-fast responses, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus offers a quicker response time with its voice assistant than the iPhone 4S as a whole. Some Jailbreak tweaks can be used to launch Siri in a similar way.

    Google Search also seems to display a more helpful usefulness factor than Siri since it doesn’t ask the user if they want to search the Web for something when the user asks to see something specific, such as the French bulldog picture in the video, but instead shows the user exactly what they ask for. When the user goes to use a voice assistant, chances are that they are doing something where operating the phone could cause problems, like driving. Searching the Web in this instance is a no-go and having the assistant do all the work for you is crucial.

    Voice control has an obvious footprint in the future of our mobile phones, so it's not going anywhere. The big question is: Which one do you go with?

    Sources: TechnoBuffalo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Search and Siri Go Head-to-Head; Who Wins? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      A nice comparison…reminds me of the one comparing Microsoft's voice app which was embarrassingly bad. Overall these seemed equally useful. Google a fraction of a second faster and better voice, Siri better pronunciation of names and better presentation. The important thing is neither screwed up; both seem very useful in real situations.
    1. acevedo422's Avatar
      acevedo422 -
      once again there goes android copying apple smh
    1. Dark_Ninja's Avatar
      Dark_Ninja -
      Quote Originally Posted by acevedo422 View Post
      once again there goes android copying apple smh
      Bro you do realize Apple is not the first to use voice activation right? And they are not the first to do everything. Really I don't think they are the first to do anything. They just perfect everything they do as well as sue everyone for everything and claim they were the first. I do love my iPhone and iMac but this is getting out if hand and once again I will point out that if it wasn't for Windows Apple would be dead right now so give credit where its due but Apple doesn't do that do they?
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by CraZyJaVieR View Post
      siri all the way because its from apple xD
      What ever happened to evaluating a product based on it's merits, rather than simply by who made it?

      Quote Originally Posted by HarlemState View Post
      I love how you got Google vs Siri on a G-Nexus vs iPhone4s??LOL! Fu*k outta here lol, siri all day baby, specially when its been raped by Cydia, eewwweeeee
      Are you really this stupid? This was a software level comparison, not a hardware one. This will be on any Android-based device running the appropriate version OS. It's not available in just one specific device despite the OS version which is the case with Siri.

      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      Why even do a review? LMFAO :P

      Apple, iPhone and iPad News | ModMyi - California Court Grants Apple Ban On Sale of Galaxy Nexus

      Cant buy them anyways :P and one of the patents is about the voice search DOH!!!! LOL :P
      Again, this was a software level comparison, so it applies to ANY android device running the appropriate version of the OS. It doesn't have to be a Samsung made device. Also, it appears you can still order that device online.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by zeroskater61 View Post
      Ok my opinion so I could be wrong and feel free to correct me if I em but when he asked the phones to search for the bulldog pictures isnt the google search phone obviously going to show photos since its using the web and Siri is a phone feature it self and when I mean it self I mean it's not Connect to the web unless you tell it to?? As for the google search being always connected or not again not sure but if it is wouldn't that just eat your data plan away??
      Actually Siri does communicate with a remote server to do it's thing too.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      siri itself is may not be as good as Google search. There are some really useful jailbreak tweaks that make siri work just like and better then google search. Siri is still in beta, but apple will make siri eventually as good to better then google search
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    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Siri has been really stupid lately. I asked "is it gonna be cold tomorrow?" and Siri replied "no, 4 degrees isn't that cold"
      Anything is better than Siri if that's the stupid answer it gives.
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    1. rehtaehy73's Avatar
      rehtaehy73 -
      Lets see how well that android works after a couple of months of use. They slow down tremendously from the time of purchase to a few months of use. iPhone has never slowed down for me. I've had both, still say iPhone wins hands down on everything.
    1. aidanharris's Avatar
      aidanharris -
      Quote Originally Posted by J_Marley View Post
      You got to be kidding me. I will say this in the nicest way I can without trying to insult you, but it did state in the article that this was a "comparison test between both an iPhone 4S running iOS 6 Beta 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1 Jellybean with their voice assistants". Now to me this means that while at the moment this might be the only device loaded with this feature, it certainly won't be the last, unless Apple searches for an injunction against Samsung or Google for Android 4.1 or the voice assistants.

      Looking at this more objectively than what most of you "fan boys" seem to be, the Android (actual program name?) Voice Assistants' response time seems to be quicker, delivering the requested information faster with minimal effort. The iPhone seems to take longer, but keep in mind that it also adds and extra little blurb at the beginning of the response to each request, like "Here is the weather for today..." before it displays the information. Yes, the look is more polished but that means little when you are requesting info.

      I like the fact that Voice Assistants will actually display the web info instead of just requesting if you want to check the web. I can't tell you how many times I have been annoyed by "would you like me to search the web?" and I don't have time to sift through the links. But I assume that this is more easily done with Google due to the origin of their business being a Global search engine power-house.

      So with that being said, both have their pros and cons. I'm not going to say that either really have a "one up" on the other. But here is one thing to think about that was not shown. When I think of a personal assistant, as Siri has so many times been refered to as, I think of asking the "assistant" to do an action that I want to automate. An example of this would be like, "Open [Application name]" or "Turn on/off Wifi/Bluetooth". These are commands that should have been included to help streamline the users experience. These are basic things that the operating system already understands and would be simple enough to incorporate.

      K, my rant is done. Thanks for listening...
      The ability to open apps is included in ios 6 you can say things like "Open TempleRun" and it will instantly do it. The reason it wasn't compared is because clearly the reviewer was a fandroid routing for google and never explored siris other useful features such as setting a route to "X Street", Emails, Text messaging as well as its sense of humour; "Tell me a joke?","Sing me a song","What's the meaning of life","How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?" I could go on and on and on...So I shall playing music, tweeting, facebooking, phone calling, finding a good place to eat, finding a good movie and do much more. Also before you accuse me of being an "Apple fanboy" I want you to know that I'm typing this using google chrome for ios like the rest of the world (it's the top rated free app at the moment in case you haven't realised). What I will say though is before Siri no phones truly nailed voice recognition after Siri android (As well as Samsung) have both attempted to make cheap knock-offs of BETA software so since its not perfect yet (yes I just said something Apple made is not yet perfect) and others are trying to copy imperfect software the jokes on them...
    1. fadadman's Avatar
      fadadman -
      Quote Originally Posted by CraZyJaVieR View Post
      siri all the way because its from apple xD
      apple fanboy, get your head out the cloud, let the phones speak for themselves,...




      ......google wins
    1. GeoffS4's Avatar
      GeoffS4 -
      Sorry, but your analysis is a bit off. Multiple results from your tests were obviously incorrect.

      Test #:
      1) Weather: No, the results began at the same time (bings). Also, Siri was printing the question, then the spoken word, then showed & spoke the results. Google Search (GS) only showed & spoke results. Finally, Siri provided BOTH more written and more spoken information than GS.
      2) Reminder: 100% INCORRECT. Siri had set the timer in operation well before GS which appeared to have a processing bar "still working".
      3) Athlete Height: Siri provided more (written) information than GS. You can't dismiss the written results and only focus on spoken...especially when dealing with fractions of a second for information retrieval.
      4) Film Reminder: The results, or actually the follow-up question/info, came up at the same time. Since you're dealing with spoken commands, OS failed as the follow-up was point and click only.

      Additionaly, your comment(s) of the results looking "as pretty" on "Siri" is a bit back-handish. The data provided by Siri is more informational and in-depth. This was true for weather, score, player info and pictures of bulldogs.

      Those were some pretty big "oops" on your analysis of your own tests. Your final comment of a "complete blow-out" is 100% wrong. Based on your tests I could see giving a slight edge to GS, but your objective analysis and objective results do not reflect as much (ie, a lack of objective analysis).

      If you're going to perform a publicly posted comparison and present it as objective then you should be at a higher standard than a beginners approach.

      Otherwise, your analysis looks fine (and that would be sarcasm).
    1. NeoReaper's Avatar
      NeoReaper -
      this review makes no sense, all he is doing is testing the server's speed and the phones processing speed in my opinion, not the quality of the assistant. how many iphones have siri queries occurring vs google handling jellybean requests? as a personal assistant i actually need it to complete operations such as setting up an appointment by voice. when he asked for a reminder to be setup the android phone just opened up an app and requiring you to fill in fields. i definitely have to hand it to google for the image search though. i really hate that siri asks you if you want to search the web when you specifically request for a search. this reviewer is obviously biased... very disappointing, i hope to see a fair review by someone soon. he barely touches on the concept of assistance like sending sms, emailing, reserving a table at a restaurant, and such.
    1. GeoffS4's Avatar
      GeoffS4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alanjf View Post
      What ever happened to evaluating a product based on it's merits, rather than simply by who made it?

      Are you really this stupid? This was a software level comparison, not a hardware one. This will be on any Android-based device running the appropriate version OS. It's not available in just one specific device despite the OS version which is the case with Siri.

      Again, this was a software level comparison, so it applies to ANY android device running the appropriate version of the OS. It doesn't have to be a Samsung made device. Also, it appears you can still order that device online.
      Sorry, alanjf, but the person doing the test or comparison is/was not aware it is a software comparison. If it were, then he wouldn't base it on the speed of the results from two different pieces of hardware. And he WOULD consider the information presented both spoken and on the screen. If the "tester" was aware it was a software test, then Siri would obviously have won since Siri provided more information and was more integrated for voice (see the test for the "filming reminder").

      Agreed to other comments on Siri asking if you want to search the web. I don't understand why that would (not) be an option.
    1. tongxinshe's Avatar
      tongxinshe -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Siri has been really stupid lately. I asked "is it gonna be cold tomorrow?" and Siri replied "no, 4 degrees isn't that cold"
      Anything is better than Siri if that's the stupid answer it gives.
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      Are you serious? Pick up a dictionary and look for "humorous"!
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kwine View Post
      You don't have to hold down the home button for Siri, just hold the phone up to your ear
      and it will activate, just saying
      LOL that was the first thing I thought when reading the article - just hold the phone to your ear and ask it whatever.
    1. thomaspeter's Avatar
      thomaspeter -
      At the end, Google search will win, because the main theme is to get results, which means that the one with better search functionality will end the battle!
    1. soidroidios's Avatar
      soidroidios -
      Not all the time. Google may win at certain areas, but Wolfram Alpha data are sometimes more accurate than a simple Google Search. Also, siri tends to give out more information than what you asked for. The problem with google, is that they are so concerned with search, they forget what we need is solid info.
    1. fadadman's Avatar
      fadadman -
      oh come on guys, let the video speak for itself, google clearly did a faster search than apple did. it is what it is, looks like even when you're a winner, your considered a looser. google>apple
    1. GeoffS4's Avatar
      GeoffS4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fadadman View Post
      oh come on guys, let the video speak for itself, google clearly did a faster search than apple did. it is what it is, looks like even when you're a winner, your considered a looser. google>apple
      Google was not clearly the winner.

      Siri got (started) results faster in some of the video.
      Siri supplied equal or more information in almost all the video.
      This was an audio search. Siri continued with audio search when getting addtional details, google waited for touch interface response.

      So, yes, let the video speak for itself. Making this a toss-up depending on what the viewer is looking for:
      • Complete info/additional info: Siri (exs: bulldogs, weather, athlete info)
      • Results starting first: Google
      • Audio Search: Siri (since Google failed at follow-up)