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

69. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Yes, during my timehttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Living-with-the-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-a-longer-term-review_id57835 It's horrible -- it crashes, barely understands a word you say, and is basically an abandoned project.

71. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Thanks Chris, is good to know. That's one thing I dislike about Samsung phones, they get many redundant functions that are already present with Google. But I guess most manufactures do that to a certain extent. In my opinion Touchwiz need a clean up, leaving mature and popular features on, but removing half baked and unpopular ones.

44. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

What's the point in this argument? apple purchase Sirius from another company and sure that Google voice been out longer.

48. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

In my experience (between Google Now and Cortana), voice recognition is superior with Cortana. Also queries for most of my questions also are stronger with Cortana. But then again I own a Windows Phone AND an Android... How can you do a good test or be relied to provide valid opinions if you need a loaner phone to help you carry out a test? Are we surprised that you had such little to say about Cortana? I'm not. As a user AND owner of both phones I find myself more comfortable with Cortana. I, therefore, use it more and rely on it more. Is it perfect? Far from it. But of the two, "if I had a gun against my head", I'd choose Cortana.

51. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I haven't had issues with Google Now understanding what I say, though Moto Voice will sometimes not respond the first time I attempt to launch Google Now while the phone is asleep. Maybe I did a poor job training the app to my voice, or possibly too much background noise.

59. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Neither have I had issues... It just doesn't recognize me 100% of the time... Neither does Cortana... But if "I had a gun to my head" Cortana does generally experience less hiccups. However, in Google Now's favor, there is also the [Pause] feature which is a plus... This thorough review did not mention this VERY handy feature (unless it did, and I am did not read it thoroughly.)

53. hltechie unregistered

I think Pavel Chekov would have a hard time talking to all three of them.

67. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

He'll have an easier time than the computers from Star Trek IV at least.

54. sdeetz

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Pretty accurate wrote up. However, one point of clarification... Siri does allow you to ask follow up questions in context with the first question as well. But Google Now does have more capability at this point.

60. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

It is also weird, but Cortana has a more human element. I guess the "personality" it has been given, as well as the speech... makes me refer to the feature as "her" as opposed to "it".

65. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I like Google Now, although Google Now is more of a assistant for information and scheduling etc, but Siri and Cortana are more human-like? but sometimes Google Now is far more accurate.

66. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I love the Cortana commercial for the Lumia 635 where she totally pwns Siri, Cortana just sounds way more natural and personable than Siri in comparison, which sounds like a robot. And Google Now, I had no idea it even had any voice narration, how the hell do you even get it to do it?

68. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Google Now has no soul! Lol...

70. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

If one thing apple does right is its siri app. I don't own an iphone but it's very fun. The fact alone that it can answer the question "i just killed someone, where can i hide the body?" is good enough for me. And i'm sorry but if you just want a job done do it yourself. Asking your phone will alwaysbe a bit of a gimmick.

76. Kmdglee

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Doesn't Samsung have the s voice or something like that? I thought that was an assistant. For me s voice can be activated by pressing the button twice.

77. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Now after the windows 10 update for my PC I can confidently say google now is far superior to cortana. Cortana can not even recognize the word "doesn't". Always hears just "does" or hear "does it". Google nails it almost ever time.

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