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Text Messaging: Google Voice Actions

Android was definitely faster to respond, but in order to send the message you have to press Send. Siri took her time, but you can send it without having to look at your phone again. So speed goes to Android, but if you're clumsy or slow-fingered, call it a push.

Navigation: Google Voice Actions

No surprise here. Android has integrated turn-by-turn navigation and the iPhone only gives you directions. Kind of an unfair test in terms of final result, but even discounting that, Android's map was up first. (Note: this was an indoor test, so neither could get a GPS lock).

Memo: Google Voice Actions

This was a close one because there is some personal preference involved; both devices managed to screw something up. Android was definitely faster, but the two platforms handle notes differently. With Voice Actions, in order to save the note you have to hit Send. The reason is that it's actually just emailing the note to your personal email address (though you can add recipients, BCC, etc.) which takes a bit more time.

The iPhone saves your memo directly into your Notes app without you having to hit anything else. While that's an advantage in convenience, on Android you'll have access to your note anywhere you have access to your email address. You can sync Notes with your Apple account, but most people haven't and email is way more convenient. Plus, Voice Search actually sends the audio recording of the voice note as an attachment in the email, so if you're in a loud area and the transcription wasn't good, you can still hear it later. Advantage (for both speed and convenience): Android.

Calendar Management: Siri

Siri can add appointments to your calendar. Google Voice Actions can't. No contest.

Browser: Google Voice Actions

Voice Actions was clearly just much faster on this one. Plus, it went directly to Gizmodo.com where as the Siri went to Google's search results for Gizmodo.com.

Weather: Siri

In terms of speed Android was just a little bit faster, but the iPhone's results were better formatted. Plus, with Siri you can ask, "What will the weather be on Thursday in Brooklyn, NY" where as Voice Actions won't understand that.

Unit Conversion: Tie

This one was a dead-heat. Google's results came from, well, Google. Siri's came from Wolfram Alpha. Both were fast and both were right.

Overall Winner: Google Voice Actions

In terms of speed and accuracy, Google Voice Actions was ahead in almost all of our tests. Both have strengths and weaknesses, and both are handy convenience features. Siri has a little more colloquial chops and is more "fun," but Voice Search is ultimately a faster, more efficient tool. In terms of performance, the green robot takes the win. We'll test again when the next generation of these programs are out in the wild.

Source: Gizmodo

Siri may be able to do a few extra things, but it's cool to see Google Voice Actions is mostly faster and in some cases better than Siri at the things both can do.

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I should start using it
PMW is all I really need

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What about speech recognition

*smirk*

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Google's is just as good or better, plus available in many more languages and accents. It even has "English (India)" for you, iPhone. :P

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Natural talking?

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Just as natural as Siri.

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Natural with Siri sucks. Bitch messes up a lot of my words.

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Android wins again!
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Keep telling yourselves that

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Yet another Apple Ripoff

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View PostiPhone, on 02 March 2012 - 07:32 AM, said:

Yet another Apple Ripoff


Lol google voice was planned before siri fool.
And android wins again. Yes i keep telling myself that because its true...
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Google voice was a failure like every other voice recognition. Until Siri came along and google copied it.

Just like they did with android

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Lol wow. Google's Voice Actions came out a year and a half before the iPhone 4S. How did it copy it?

Plus, it's not exactly the same thing. GVA is just voice control. It doesn't talk back to you. It just does what you tell it. Siri is an assistant. It tries to have a conversation with you and that's the main reason why it's so much slower.

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Then why even compare the two? Why now? Why was Siri a competitor less product when google voice actions was apparently "better"

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Because Motorola decided to show it was better in an ad, so Gizmodo did a test and proved it was accurate. That's why now.

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I don't trust giz >.>

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Ha. Sure.

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View PostiPhone, on 02 March 2012 - 04:43 PM, said:

I don't trust giz >.>


You are my friend that's for sure but you're a google-hating-maniac too ;)

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I never knew about Google Voice Actions before reading this, sounds pretty nice. I'm actually glad there's some good competition against Siri. It gives people an option, and can be a good deciding factor for someone contemplating, say, a Galaxy Nexus or iPhone 4S. Mimmi, you really need to open up your mind and realize that Apple is not the pinnacle of all creation. There are other good things out there.
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