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Description: Apple’s Siri personal assistant app on the iPhone 4S can do even more than Google’s Voice Actions and provides intelligence that Android doesn’t yet match


Date: Oct 18, 2011

Apple (AAPL) reported on Monday, Oct. 17, that it has sold 4 million iPhone 4S handsets in the debut weekend of the new smartphone. Some may have purchased it for the dual-core processor, while others were sold on the updated 8 megapixel camera and intelligent imaging software. But as a longtime Android owner, one feature alone pushed me to add an iPhone 4S to my stable of smartphones: Apple’s Siri service that turns the handset into a personal assistant.


“But wait,” the Android users are crying out. “Google has voice services, too!” Indeed, Android devices do have similar voice services. READ REST OF STORY

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are the differences between Apple Siri technology and Google’s VR?
  2. Is this a long term competitive advantage for Apple?

3 Responses to “Speech Smack-Down: Siri vs. Android Voice Actions”

  1. Andrew Douglas

    Although Google does offer voice recognition, it is limited to inputting text and a list of limited commands. Apple’s Siri is closer to that of artificial intelligence that can understand questions that are asked in different ways and can provide you with the answers to specific questions, rather than just launching an app and making you search for the information yourself. While Google’s voice recognition seems a tad static and outdated, Siri is more advanced and seems like a dynamic current technology on today’s cutting edge. Siri has its own personality and can carry on a conversation, while Google will merely perform the specified task or type the spoken message.

    Siri is most definitely a competitive advantage for Apple, but by no means is it long term. Google’s voice recognition seems outdated because it is older than Siri, but if Siri becomes a hit and customers want it, Google will surely release its own intelligent robot for the android operating system to satisfy the new demand. Siri is something that can be replicated. Granted Apple has a head start on Google and will probably gain some new business by being the first to market, but once something similar is released by Google, they are sure to attract some customers to their device too.

  2. Kristen Schalin

    Apple Siri Technology seems to be way more advanced than Google’s voice recognition. They are the same in that both can create text messages and emails, get navigation directions, call a contact, view a map, write a note, play music, or perform a web search all through speech. A down fall for Google is that it requires users to memorize existing commands. There are not many, so this is not that difficult but this is where Siri takes and extra step up. Siri is basically like talking to a human, you can say any type of phrase and Siri can compute and complete the task you are trying to complete. It’s a semi-intelligent interactive assistant. Siri is just on a whole other level, the fact that it can schedule you and appointment while checking for conflicting events all by voice seems pretty amazing. Also that you can ask it pretty much any type of answer and Siri will provide you with a comedic and entertaining response. Siri has a personality.
    Apple definitely currently has the competitive advantage over Google right now but this is certainly not long term. Google has the funds and resources to come out with a product that will compete with Siri at the same level. Within time once Google sees how consumers react to Siri they will be coming out with their own version of a semi-intelligent interactive assistant

  3. Kristin Schneider

    Google voice actions technology was created before Apple’s Siri, therefore Google is the search engine behind Siri. Siri uses something called Nuance speech processing technology that recognizes and captures speech utterances. This allows the application to understand the question and/or statement in natural language. Siri can understand all questions even if they are asked in different ways. This is similar to speaking to a real person. Also, Siri has a personality, so if you ask what her favorite color is, she may give you an answer. Google whereas relies on keywords and rigid protocols to initiate specific actions. This is where Siri leads in the competition. I assume that Android users don’t use the technology past the point of a voice search, or to dictate text messages and emails. Siri also has personality, whereas Google voice actions does not. Siri does more then Google voice actions. For example, google can’t create calendare events or set your alarm. What Google is good for are searches, making phone calle, and dictation, which is all comparable to Apple’s Siri. Google does have some catching up to do in regards to Siri’s conversational capabilities and attractive packaging. But it is interesting that the gap between these two is not really that wide.

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