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Google Now beats Siri and Cortana in voice search tests


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Google Now edged out rivals like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana in a recent comparison test.

A digital marketing firm claims Google Now returned more search results ‘enhanced with custom content’ than Siri and Cortana combined.

Consultants Stone Temple made 3086 queries in total to all three voice assistant. Google Now yielded a score of 1795 results with enhanced content, while Siri scored 908 and Cortana returned 630 ‘knowledge panels’

The queries were designed to answer specific questions rather than offer web results, according to Android Central, reporting on the comparison tests.

Google Now also scored highest for accuracy with 88 percent of questions properly addressed, while Siri and Cortana were correct 53 per cent and 40 per cent of the time respectively.

The study did not take into account how the respective assistants performed when it comes to making appointments via the app, or dictating words.

Given Google’s status as global search overlord, we’d expect Google Now to come out on top in this department. While the tests are far from definitive, it still offers an interesting look at slice of a much larger pie.

Elsewhere today, Google Now got an update that’ll inform users when their bills are overdue. Thanks for nothing Google Now!

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Forjo Atinxan

October 17, 2014, 2:47 am

As a side note, it's amazing how many times a news article is reposted. Too bad these things are rarely rebutted (this one needs to be). Anyway, on to my reply:

Now that they have posted the list of queries, I can understand the results a bit better. A GREAT many of them weren't even questions. There were two pages of "Make <something> ", pages of "how to something" (instead of how do you), nearly three pages of "becoming a xxxx".
In short, a lot of these "queries" read like commands, like "Clean silver" instead of "how do you clean silver". I suspect that Google being primarily a search engine MIGHT handle these better, but the formatting of the so-called "questions" seems very unusual and not the way people would use a voice assistant.

Some other weird examples from the list:
knit a blanket
make a website
my sql
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You guys really need to look at this list. These are very much NOT real world examples of things people would ask their phones.

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