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Google Voice Search hits iOS, tackles Siri on her own turf

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Google Voice Search hits iOS, tackles Siri on her own turf
Google is not content to try and win mobile search by selling more Android devices, they are now taking the voice search fight right to Siri, announcing today the immediate availability of voice search in the newest version of the Google Search app for iOS. Apple pundits like John Gruber have already praised the speed of Google’s offering relative to Siri, and of course Google knows a thing or two about providing accurate search results.

One thing you won’t get is Siri’s personality, as Google seems committed to the idea of a less personal and more “to the point” voice search. Still, the responses are quite clear and pleasant sounding, and we’ve seen before on the Android version of Voice Search that the results are generally as good as or better than those provided by Apple’s personal assistant. If you want to give it a try hit up the app store link below. To all of you iOS users out there, will this make you consider ditching Siri?


Source: Google via Daring Fireball
App Store link.

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posted on 30 Oct 2012, 15:54 17

1. zheking (Posts: 28; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Hell no I love Siri because I rarely use it and it gives the feel of talking to someone but google voice search u get the exact same thing if u typed

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:13 20

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Agreed. I can just use google search. Works just the same.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:41 28

16. ahomad (Posts: 175; Member since: 15 May 2012)


so you use siri when you need some one to talk to?

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:06 20

20. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


oh man you must be really alone..! Talking to siri!

and the iOS users always complain Apple cut Google Maps off because Google was holding back not giving them goodies! Well now you got an awesome voice enabled search assistant thats twice as fast as siri and twice as intelligent in sorting relevant information!

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:33 1

22. nyuvo (Posts: 72; Member since: 10 May 2012)


I'm not sure that it was google who was holding back from giving a better quality maps and youtube app. That was apples call if I can remember correctly from an interview i saw earlier this year.

Google want their products to have a good impression to iOS users (Hence the excellent search app) and this in turn will give them a good impression of the quality of product google offers (For free).

Please correct me if im wrong about the whole apple holding back the youtube/maps i dont have time to look for a source atm

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:24 1

49. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I haven't seen that interview yet. But what Ive gathered from this situation with native Youtube & Maps app(Maps being more complex) being removed from iOS, is that its easier for Google to update the apps instead of waiting for Apple to do an iOS update, which makes for a better experience.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:09 5

26. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Aren't you the one in the paper a few days ago
with the headline reading,
"Man refuses to let go of his iPhone. Kept
talking with, and smooching the phone in public." :P

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 08:16

47. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 889; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Isn't that the point xheking?

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 15:56 25

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


What Apple would do without Google. :)

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:07 4

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


THE FUTURE:
iOS won't reach Android's level but don't be so sad Android will integrate into iOS.
You know if the mountain does not go to Mohammed, Mohammed will go to the mountain. LOL! :D

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:21 3

11. syedzain (Posts: 175; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


why bring religion into all this, haven't u guys learnt from what happened in USA ??? making FUN of PROPHET (P.B.U.H).... and yah as Google will go down too, u will see that in some months from now.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:23 13

12. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


lets lets not bring in religion, too many over the top reactions and unfair results.........stick to tech

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:24 4

13. syedzain (Posts: 175; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


That's what I want, plz guys I am Muslim , don't bring religion here... that's all ...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:27 9

14. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


doesnt matter what you are or what religion, anywhere religion is brought up crap happens and gets out of hand

anyways leave it there, if we keep talking about it some muppet will say something to get a reaction

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:02 2

19. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


I am Muslim too. And his comment was not necessary

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:27 3

28. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


ta daa see unnecessary comment, its not offensive so move on and stop the over reaction

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 19:54 3

36. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Sorry, people I didn't want to offend someone, I used this phrase just because it is very famous phrase. :)

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 19:58 6

37. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


you didnt offend anyone, just some want to over react to a common phrase

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 22:44 6

45. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


It's a proverb. It means that if something doesn't come to you you have to go get it.
Why they put an Islam name i don't know.. You can change it to Simon or Jack or John or an asian namelike wong or whatever...

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 00:56

46. mobilefuture (Posts: 215; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


You sir are an ignorant racist sonofabitch

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:45 1

48. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


nope thats you, your the one trying to find racism in the comment when there isnt any.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:00 1

18. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


That's not funny

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 15:59 14

3. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1324; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I wish they had this working for those of us stuck on Android 4.0...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:52

17. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Yea how is it that they get both and we have neither its obviously easy to create the app

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 19:30 1

33. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Google seem to favour Apple over its own fanbase. Traitors.
Why isn't google releasing all these as apps? They keep arming the iPhone with all these features while android users have to resort to rooting or getting a nexus device.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:00 1

4. amjohnson2005 (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Sweet! Now if Google maps were 'fixed', then someone :) would not have lost/given up his job! Bad Apple...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:02 3

5. maestro1 (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Since Siri is integrated throughout the whole iOS, Google Voice Search can only be complementary to Siri, so you cannot really ditch it if you use it to schedule events, make calls, send SMS, etc.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:09 4

7. Andman314 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Google why would you help out apple more like android!? Android is better!!!

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:12

8. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Google virus has taken invaded apple lol

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:13 3

9. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Sounds like someone really likes Yarmouth!
Seeing as Apple desperately made an iphone 4 app called siri seem like a ground breaking exclusive feature in order to try flog the phone again but called the 4$ its funny to see Google offering a free and often better alternative to ifans.

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