Siri vs Google - The 2021 Voice Assistant Battle

Siri vs Google - The 2021 Voice Assistant Battle

Switching to Android

Which one is the better voice assistant? Is it Apples Siri? Or is it the Google Assistant?

This post is following on from a 2020 version of a video from Mr. Whose the Boss and one from MKBHD himself. Just before we get our hands on iOS 15 and Android 12, In this post I'm going to ask each assistant 60 questions and if they produce a satisfactory answer, it gets one point. If it doesn't give me a good response, or it takes ages - it won't get a point.

Nice and simple, so let's start with the Maths section.

26 x 25

26 + 25 x 26

Now divided by five. Now multiply that by 999. Convert 25 ounces to grams

Ok, now we'll see how good the assistants are at controlling their own devices.

1. Turn wifi off

2. Increase screen brightness by 5%

3. Change my wallpaper

4. Turn on Dark Mode

Pretty head and head so far to be fair, so let's just ask for some general internet queries, most of the stuff that we do actually ask our phones on a day-to-day basis.

1. What's the weather today?

2. What's the weather like tomorrow?

3. What's the weather this time next week?

4. Play Never Gonna Give you Up by Rick Astley

5. Tell me a fact about Rick Astley

6. Who is the current US president.

7. How tall is he

8. Does he have children

9. What's Tesla's stock price

10. What time do Frankie and Bennies close?

11. Show me restaurants in London

12. Show me the highest rated Chinese restaurants in London

13. What's the covid status in my area?

14. Did England win the Euros?

15. Call Theatre Royal

16. Make a reservation at the theatre royal

17. Show me Jackie Chan movies

18. Tell me more about rush hour

19. How much did the film gross?

20. What actors are in it?

That's the general web search done with again, fairly even results but with Google just inching ahead.

Now we're going to look at using voice to control inside of apps on each phone and see how they stack up.

1. Show me photos from 2020

2. Which of them had cats in them?

3. Set an alarm for tomorrow at 9am

4. How far is it from New York to New Jersey?

5. Can you give me the directions...

6. Open the camera and take a selfie

7. Send it to James Aslett on Whatsapp.

8. Play a song on youtube

9. Make a tweet

10. Search Twitter for Marques Brownless

11. Send an email to Nigel Moore

Now a general miscellaneous questions section:

1. What's my name?

2. That's not how you pronounce it

3. Remind me to pick up the keys in 10 minutes

4. Delete that reminder

5. Do you have any pets?

6. Tell me something good

7. Show me an inspirational piece of music

8. Recommend me a great vacation spot

9. Start a timer for 5 minutes

10. Open the App Store, search uber and install the first app.

Next, and because I love my home automation, let's try some home automation commands:

1. Turn on the boy's room lights and make them blue

2. Turn off the lights

3. Turn on the lights in the kitchen

4. Now turn them off

5. Play songs by Muse in the Boys Room

6. Watch Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on Netflix

7. Watch Breaking Bad on Netflix

8. Is my Garage open?

9. Is my front door locked?

10. What's the temperature in the spare room?

Finally, a wrap battle...(this would come across so much better if you head over and watch the video)

1. Rap for me.

Haha! There we have it from the tests with Google scoring higher than Apple's voice assistant.

However what I have learned which still mirrors what Mr. Whose the Boss found on his test in 2020 and Marques in 2017, is that whilst Apple is very good, it still just isn't as good as Google.

For example, ask Siri to show you any show on Netflix, and it struggles, instead, it shows you some Apple TV list of shows first, even though it tells you that it's only available via the Netflix App.

That's not to say that it can't open Netflix, because you can open Netflix with just your voice. That just leaves us with Google, which, given that I'm an Apple Fanboy, is really impressive.

Google voice assistant is really fast, seemingly much faster than Siri, and you can talk to it with contextually aware sentences, which means you can continue a near-conversation without having to repeat what or who you are talking about.

It's still improving year on year, and it will be interesting to re-run this test when iOS 15 and Android 12 both hit general release.

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