Google Assistant is rated top smart speaker assistant after 800 question test

Google Assistant is rated top smart speaker assistant after 800 question test
You might remember the name of Gene Munster. He's the former Piper Jaffray analyst who said last year that Apple's AR glasses will be bigger than the iPhone. Munster now spends his days and nights pouring over spreadsheets for hedge fund Loup Ventures. To judge which smart speaker assistant is the best, Munster tested Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana. Each of the four fielded 800 questions.

In a previous test earlier this year, Google Assistant led the way by providing the correct answer 81% of the time.  This time, Google's virtual assistant was even more impressive as it answered correctly on 87.9% of the queries. Perhaps more importantly, it understand each and every one of the 800 questions asked.

Siri, whose performance on the Apple HomePod has been roundly criticized, had the biggest improvement from the first test when the virtual assistant answered only 52% of the questions correctly. In the latest exam, Siri had 74.6% of the answers right, beating out Alexa's 72.5% score. Cortana was last at 63.4%. All four showed improvement from February's test, and all four understand at least 99% of the questions asked.


Each assistant was asked questions from five different categories including Local ("Where is the nearest coffee shop?"), Commerce ("Can you order me more paper towels?"), Navigation ("How do I get uptown on the bus?), Information ("Who do the Heat play tonight?") and Command ("Remind to call Steve at 2pm today"). Google Assistant was the top scorer in each category except for Command, which Siri led. Cortana was on the bottom of each category.


The devices that were used on the test included the 2nd generation Amazon Echo (Alexa), Google Home Mini (Google Assistant), Apple HomePod (Siri), and Harman Kardon Invoke (Cortana).

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7 Comments

1. Vokilam

Posts: 1258; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Well deserved!!

2. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

That example is hilarious!

3. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Good job apple as you are the leading in command. It is expected that apple is at the bottom when it comes to information, privacy matters. I will only trust apple products and nothing else.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Dude, the information part is generic information like who played the main role in dumb and dumber, not personal information. The RDF is strong in you, isn't it.

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Siri is catching up quietly.

6. ssallen

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

No, Apple just got all the low hanging fruit. Still miles behind. To be fair, Amazon never had a shot to hold the lead, they just don't have the engineering prowess.

7. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Actually I thought SIRI would take the first place, jk lol

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