Google Now vs Siri vs Cortana: showdown

Ah, virtual assistants! Nobody really knows where these are headed, but by now it should be obvious that the big three mobile platforms are intent on pushing the frontier forward in what is shaping up to be yet another battlefield. Quite frankly, however, while the industry as a whole has been checking up with Google Now and Apple's Siri every now and then to see how each is doing and how they compare against each other, it's only now that Microsoft has finally entered the race that we are starting to feel duty-bound to go in-depth with them and see what's what. But before we talk about specifics and discuss where each of three is likely headed, it's important to first understand where each is coming from...
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77 Comments

4. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

i think it is "who are the cast of big bang theory?

5. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

It is. It's a long story, but basically the Lumia 930 was a loan device, and I didn't have the same screenshot from it backed on my PC. For what it's worth, it also failed with the correct query.

7. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

oh, alright then, just want to makes things clear, hoping it will have different result, sadly it's not. Thanks for clearing it up tho.

74. rrozwat

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

For accuracy, you should revise the article to include the Cortana results when using "who" instead of "what". You actually get rather good results with "who is the cast of big bang theory" or "who is in the cast of big bang theory"

6. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Siri sux big time compare to Google Now. Google Now FTW

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

From the way you described Siri and Cortana, it sounds like both are "yes women" whose "personality traits" would drop them into the uncanny valley. I'd rather have the no nonsense option for now.

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

They all have their strengths and would love to see those strengths bleed over into the competition. But I would have to say that Google Now is currently just more useful/functional.

9. Sreddy unregistered

agree with chris on his review. But i like the presentation of Siri and responses.

10. Maryewww

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Sick people, you want your virtual assistants to have souls? And you actually giggle when it replies on love and other bullcrap. You sir need to be a cast in a virtual assistant love story, "The WEIRDbook"

11. infoanubhav

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Whats Cortana??

15. LAFN

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Ask her.

13. Daumus

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

You forgot to mention one very important fact about Siri that i'm not sure Cortana or Google now have: you can activate it by simply pressing once the home-button or lock button and then when you're at the lock screen, place the phone on your ear. That will activate Siri immediately and let you input commands and listen to the results just like talking to someone on the phone. It prevents anyone from listening what she's saying back and you don't look like an idiot on the street.

14. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Nope, I've mentioned it. ;)

16. Daumus

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

My bad then :)

75. torch4x4

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

What about 3rd party applications? voice commands like "StopWatch Start", "Wikipedia George Washington", "Flixter show top movies", "Spotify my lists", "Remote desktop connect to my PC", "LinkedIn inbox", all of them available with Cortana, but would be great if someday we say: "Open Netflix and play the last episode of house of cards", "open spotify and play the last album of pearl jam", for now Cortana is the official personal assitant of INSTEON automation products.

18. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

i agree that Google Now is better than those 2. i only use Siri just to ask her playing music or call someone.

20. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Anyone want to say something about S voice? :p

56. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

HAHAHAHA

72. Tamer81

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well said!

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2567; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Honestly, having played with all 3 pretty extensively, Cortana is my winner. I find it handles language better than the others, and in general just has a more enjoyable user experience.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Quick, ask all three, "What does the Fox say?" Google Now's response is pretty funny, I'm curious to know what the other's do.

28. mr2009

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Ring-Ring-Ding-Ding-Dingeringeding in Cortana happy tune voice.

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So it actually sings the answer? That cool. Google Now will reply with a random line from the song, though no singing (Which actually makes it funnier I think because it just sounds so awkward). Thank you mr2009! Now I wait for Siri's answer.

73. mr2009

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

you can check it here at youtube youtube.com/watch?v=zKAepcy2BMI

25. bessakerb

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

i think cortana also will have an always listening mode in the next update like google now!

36. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It will, and don't forget only on supported devises for google now and Cortana to have this. Lets not forget cortanas location features that don't require dates and times.

27. bessakerb

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

what matters for me anyway is the support of more countries for these assistants !!! it's foolish how region restricted are these assistants!!!

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It actually makes some sense though, not only is language a complication, but also accents can vary dramatically from one region to another making voice recognition difficult and frustrating for the end user. But I do agree with you. It would be nice to see more support for these programs.

32. Rathish.silver

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Brilliant google... Stealing data from customer and replying the same info brilliantly... Wow bravo,bravo.....

39. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Serious question... since I never got the chance to play with it... Is S-Voice any good? has anyone here use it somewhat extensively?

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