Why can't Google Now, Siri, and Cortana offer full voice control?
That is what Ubuntu Touch is planning to implement. Once you're inside an app, there is a fairly limited selection of commands that one might want to use via voice. News apps and other reading apps might not have much use for voice command, but even implementing simple commands, like "back", "scroll down/up", "search" and "share to..." would add a wealth of functionality for the vast majority of apps. Once you jump specifically into apps that would have more options for standard voice commands, like media consumption apps, the possibilities become much clearer. Imagine having full media controls with voice, like "play/pause", "next/previous", "rewind/fast forward". "volume up/down", or even "skip to (time)". Of course, even dynamic commands shouldn't be a trouble because in-app commands will mostly be one or two word commands, many of which would overlap between apps, allowing for easier implementation of a standard API; and as mentioned before, the recognition for those commands shouldn't be a problem.
Who does it first?
1. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I never use Google Now. I'm just not interested in talking to my phone. At least yet.
2. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Oh, almost forgot. Great article Michael!
3. kosal (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)
Try Google now to set reminders and alarms thats cool enough dude...
7. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I use Google Now cards, but voice recognition is gimmick for me. It works very well, but almost always I prefer to type and because "Ok Google" doesn't work with my language (yet), I have to press the button anyway.
8. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I think I can do it quicker by just going into the calendar. And I'm not sure if I can set a SmartBand alarm in GN. I haven't tried though.
24. joey_sfb (Posts: 2905; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Are you speech impaired? It take me 2 sec to finish my one sentence setting up my reminder or alarm with Google now.
27. joey_sfb (Posts: 2905; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
50 examples on how to use Google Now.
14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6429; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Same cause voice recognition can't hear us clearly that well.
4. Penny (Posts: 1143; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Hmm, I don't know when Google's timeline for full OS voice control is, but Microsoft might be headed in this direction by the end of the year.
It has been reported that Microsoft is looking to bring "kinect-like" gesture controls to WP, and my guess is that they would try to bring along "kinect-like" voice controls with that. Also, Cortana seems to be the furthest ahead in the way of APIs; it allows third-party applications to tap into the power of Cortana already and add their own unique commands to its list.
Google, meanwhile, seems be the furthest ahead on the actual hardware implementation side of things. The Moto X was essentially a proof of concept to demonstrate always-on listening with a dedicated chip that does not harm battery life, and Google's Now will only continue to gain more capabilities.
5. TheGenius (Posts: 326; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)
Samsung already offers the functionality to play, pause, next, previous, inc/Dec the volume in its music player.
6. teerex42 (Posts: 159; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)
I love google now..it's the best virtual assistant out there. Especially now that you can ask it a question from the lock screen with the latest version, it's even more functional. I never liked siri cause it was gimmicky in how it joked with you if you were to make jokes with it. Google now is pure answers and has a much more natural voice, not robotic like siri. I haven't tried cortana but probably won't cause it's windows based.
9. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I think Cortana seems to be the best one out there. Google Now is the only one I have tried though,
15. Deaconclgi (Posts: 264; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
I use Siri, Google Now and Cortana and Cortana has been the best for me, offering features that Siri and Google Now don't offer and in a more natural sounding voice as well.
26. joey_sfb (Posts: 2905; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Cortana is a halo character I don't care much about. Its has a flat personality.
Anyway, good thing I stay away from wp and rt. They really bundled their ugly tiles, low feature set and now lifeless Cortana in one convenient package for me to avoid.
30. sbw44 (Posts: 389; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Everytime someone mentions WP you jump to all these bashing and trolling! I mean seriously? Cortana Lifeless? just shows much of your credibility.
20. elitewolverine (Posts: 1569; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
I have tried all three, at work we regularly pull up the 5s, note 3, and my 925, it is fun to see how all them compare to the exact same commands.
So far Now and Cortana are my favorite.
I use cortana for alot of reminders, not so much voice things. If it always listened i would like it like my xbox. Just go to my room, xbox on, netflix, play. I wouldnt mind that on a phone as the article stated.
29. sbw44 (Posts: 389; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
You haven't used Cortana but you claim Google Now is the best out there? Seriously? It's like saying a Ferrari is the fastest car out there but you haven't tried a Veyron because it does not look nice!
Plus I have used Google Now a couple of time and seriously if you think that does not sound robotic then there must be something wrong with your hearing.
I say all 3 of them offer something different, its just a matter of time before one of them offers the full package. But like Penny said Cortana is currently the better plus if rumors are true about the Kinect features coming to WP it won't be long before we get the full package!
10. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Its time to grab popcorn, as soon as you see the name of Michael H, on the top of the article...... One again great article Michael, always enjoy your long indepth articles..... Keep up the good work, and looking forward to your next article......... Btw i don't use voice assistant like google now on my android or siri on my iphone, in beginning they looked fun to use, but eventually their attraction got diminished, and they began to look gimmicky, though sometimes i do find it useful to get some relavant cards from google now.......
11. LuckyS (Posts: 57; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)
All of this is possible with the help of tasker and autovoice application. It requires some basic setup and may be difficult for beginers.
Root is needed too, xposed framework and google now api modul. Every possible command may be programmed and executed by voice. What it does is rerouting voice command from gnow to tasker which then executes command.
12. b0wzer (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
I can't agree more with this artice. I was so impressed after saying "ok google, what is the circumference of a circle whose diameter is 42cm" and having google read me out the answer. I love it! More!
13. mistertimi (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Can't stand articles like these. It reminds us devs just why we hate consumers who just expect things. Nevermind the thousands and thousands of hours it takes to get something this complicated working.
16. Awalker (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
I don't think Google intended for Now to be a personal assistant. It was just suppose to be search with voice. Now they're slowly changing it into a personal assistant.
17. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2004; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I really love Cortana. Instead of typing in my search queries, I talk to Cortana. Its really fast, and honestly, after using both Google Now and Siri, I can safely say that Cortana is the best virtual voice assistant out there, more so since its in BETA unlike the other two.
18. frustyak (Posts: 149; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)
I'm still at a point where using voice control doesn't feel natural at all. I feel too self-conscious in public every time I've been tempted to use it. Plus, every time I've seen someone use it, it has always been a game, let's see what neat tricks Siri or Google now can do. I have yet to see anyone actually honest-to-god using it, in public, to get things done.
19. tacarat (Posts: 141; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
Full voice interaction will be what forces Skynet to move from whatever it's doing now to actively exterminating the human race. Have you watched somebody yelling at their phone without voice interaction? "Hey Siri, can you do that thing you did last night?".
21. Vexify (limited) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)
Why can't we stop being so spoiled?
22. -box- (Posts: 3786; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
My wife and I will have mini completions between my Lumias with Cortana and her GS5, and Cortana wins every time, and sounds like a person, rather than the highly-robotic google now.
23. -box- (Posts: 3786; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Also, GN rarely actually understand her command regularly, maybe 1/10 tries arts successful. Cortana if just the opposite.
25. eharris560 (Posts: 59; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
@Michael H. I just did a test Cortana can pause, resume, and play next track using voice commands. IOS can also play the next track. Both can't play pervious track.
28. Gemmol (Posts: 535; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
Cortana can do this, I bet the person just tested Siri and google now and assume Cortana cannot do that.......Cortana way advance compare to the rest