For the benefit of the uninitiated Siri is the voice activated search assistant for IOS and “Ok Google” is the counterpart for the Android world. Since I have an iPad and a Nexus 5 I can compare the identical searches. Below are the searches and results.
- Who is the Foreign Minister of Ecuador – OK Google gave me the correct audio answer and Siri sent me to Wikipedia
- What is the temperature in Cuenca, Ecuador – Ok Google gave me the 5 day forecast and Siri gave me the temperature in Quito
- How many provinces are there in Ecuador – Both assistants sent me to Wikipedia
- How far is it to Fabiano’s Restaurante. Ok Google gave me the distance from my house and the traveling time and Siri was totally lost even though I have Locations Services activated.
- What is the best hotel in Cuenca, Ecuador – OK, Google likes Mansion Alcazar and Siri said” I can’t look for hotels in Ecuador”
Ok, I know these were 5 random questions that were skewed towards my experience in Cuenca. I’m sure Siri performs much better when the questions are U.S. centric. However, I think Ok Google because of its’s association with the apps that support Google Now is a much better assistant than Sir. What’s your opinion?
Today I was walking on Remegio Crespo when a couple asked me if I knew my way around. They asked me where La Fornace Restaurant was located. They were tourists from Idaho and we quickly found a common ground since my wife is from Idaho. I told them that the Restaurant was about 3/4 mile away but that I thought they could get a better meal at Tutto Matto. I didn’t know if the Restaurant was open so I took out my Nexus 5 and said “OK Google” (The Android Personal Assistant). I then asked the personal assistant if the Restaurant was open. It took me to Tutto Matto’s Facebook Page and we all found out that the Restaurant was closed on Monday. “Wow” was the reply of the tourists. Google Now works in Ecuador- unfortunately Siri the personal assistant on the iPhone does not work with the maps section of Ecuador.
Siri does work very well with commands like setting alarms, sending texts, finding songs etc. I find that Google Now works much better with informational items like “What is the name of the Secretary of State Of the U.S.”
Cortana is the name of the Personal Assistant on the Windows Phone but I have no personal experience against Siri or Google Now.
A lot depends on the noise level of the street when using your Personal Assistant but I find Google Now invaluable in a quiet setting when I need instant information.
You can see a CNET Video of Sir and Google Now compared here