29 Jun '12, 8pm

Google’s “Voice Assistant” Not Quite Siri-Smart But Most People Won’t Notice

At Google I/O this week Google introduced spoken search results, which mimic Siri’s functionality on the iPhone. Siri had been a major point of differentiation between Android handsets and the iPhone, despite Google’s preexisting voice search. The new Google female voice actually sounds less like a machine and more natural than Siri. And there are already a number of video demos favorably comparing Google’s “Voice Assistant” to Siri (see below). Since Google didn’t give her a name (or not one that we’ve heard yet), I’ll call her “JB” for Jelly Bean. The following side-by-side video below compares JB to Siri (on iOS 6). The video shows that JB is faster in almost every instance and notes the more natural sound of the JB voice vs. Siri. Google would appear then to have “caught up.” In fact it appears that JB is better than the yet-to-be released iOS 6 version of Siri in some...

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