With S-Voice (From Samsung) being the first competitor to Siri on Android Platform, Siri’s dominance became somewhat threatened. After the first blow, Google officially unleashed its own powerful voice assistant called Google Now for Jelly Bean powered smartphones/tablet. The initial comparison of the two voice assistants have appeared and it looks like Google has finally outdone Apple with fast and accurate responses. After a mammoth 1600 questions, Siri only managed to answer two thirds – or 68 percent – correctly. By contrast, Google Search on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean answered an impressive 86 percent without fault, which, in no uncertain terms, renders Siri largely useless. Philip Elmer-DeWitt over at the Fortune blog summarized Munster’s findings: • Google understands 100% of the questions (not surprisingly, since they are keyed in) • Google replies accurately 86% of the time • Siri comprehends 83% of queries in noisy conditions, 89% in a quiet room • Siri answers accurately 62% of the time on the street and 68% in a quiet room. I think Munster’s non-scientific test paints a fair picture of a lot of catching up that Apple needs to do if it’s to match Google’s search experience, which is still the best bar none. Musnter concludes in his note to clients:
In order to become a viable mobile search alternative. Siri must match or surpass Google’s accuracy of B+ and move from a grade D to a B or higher.
The analyst also opined that Apple is taking Siri criticism seriously, just as CEO Tim Cook recently suggested.
Munster estimates that Siri is more than two years behind Google in its learning curve, but he’s optimistic: “With the iOS 6 release in the fall, we expect Siri to improve meaningfully while reducing its reliance on Google from 60% to 48%.”
Although the stable version of Siri will be much improved when iOS 6 arrives, Apple should had waited to for Siri to get matured . Lets see where things go in future, but at the moment Google Now annihilates Siri!.