Motorola pits Apple's Siri against Google's Voice Actions

Summary:Apple never really touted speed as one of Siri's strong points.

Motorola pitches Google's Voice Actions on the Atrix 2, Photon 4G and Electrify smartphones up against the Apple's Siri voice assistant on the iPhone 4S.

Which will be victorious? Here are the results:

On all three handsets Voice Actions is faster than Siri, so Voice Actions wins, right?

Well, maybe not. See, Apple never really touted speed as one of Siri's strong points. Siri's strong point is in being able to understand natural language, and what you notice from this demo is that the commands being given are robotic and a little unnatural (notice the word 'period' being used, as well as the phrase 'note to self,' neither of which sounds all that natural).

Also, when you take a look at the whole video, you see places where Apple could tighten up Siri and make it significantly faster by tightening up the experience, especially with regards to mapping and web browsing.

Voice Actions might be faster, but Siri is still easier to use. Also, fair play to both competitors, voice recognition has come a long way in the past few years. Both Siri and Voice Actions are a wonderful example of just how far things have come.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Apps, Google

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