How often do you use your phone's personal assistant (Google Now, Siri, Cortana)?


When we released our comparison piece on the three main mobile platforms' respective personal assistants – Google Now (Android), Siri (iOS), and Cortana (Windows Phone) – we couldn't help but admire their sophistication at times. Sure, they're still far from perfect, and our educated guess is that it'll be years before they can come even close to replacing an actual human, and yet they can already do so much.

Want to know the score of last night's game? Easy. The weather forecast? Elementary. What about a detailed nutritional break-down of that fat pizza you're about to munch on? They'll give you a good estimation of what you can expect to have to burn on the treadmill. The list of examples goes on and on.

A bunch of you are likely already making good use of Google Now, Siri, or Cortana, but we'd like to see some real hard numbers. So, let us know – do you use your device's personal assistant, and how often?

How often do you use your phone's personal assistant (Google Now, Siri, Cortana)?

Daily (Google Now)
18.68%
Daily (Siri)
2.09%
Daily (Cortana)
6.19%
Once every 2-3 days (Google Now)
12.38%
Once every 2-3 days (Siri)
2.01%
Once every 2-3 days (Cortana)
1.93%
Weekly (Google Now)
11.63%
Weekly (Siri)
2.84%
Weekly (Cortana)
1.97%
Never (Google Now)
31.1%
Never (Siri)
7.49%
Never (Cortana)
1.69%

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68 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I use Siri daily, making calls, and playing music mostly.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Does she talk to you? ;)

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

works out with siri "siri can you spot me, i need to do 5 more rep"

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

At least I work out.

19. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

yeah i dont work out with siri ;9

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My wife talks to me, and more ;)

64. AlikMalix unregistered

Dumb insinuation in post #3 - you can turn off audio reply (but keep audio reply for hands free use, such as in car for obvious reasons). So you can use Siri without hearing a peep from her. But yes Siri does reply and with different tone as well as different confirmation dialogs.

23. engineer-1701d unregistered

I think people are bs on this vote like the Google now people saying never use it. Lite they have never set reminder. Stop watch. Timer. Looked up a store name to get hours and location i can't believe 35% never used it

25. GROBARIZACIJA

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

Never.

26. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Yes I've never used it... Not that I don't want to, I just never remember to use it.

50. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Yeah voice assistants are more than a gimmick IMO. I ONLY use them for setting up alarms, reminders, and occasional fun online searches. Very convenient.

54. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I had WP/Apple/Android and I've never used any voice assistant. I used android most so i placed never google but it should be never on all 3.

71. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

I use Keep for reminders, click in the clock widget for alarms or stop watch, use google chrome to search for locations and stores. All typed by me since Google Now is quite useless as it never gets what I say right, don't have those issues with Siri on my iPad.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Once in a while (Google Now).

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Every few days for google now, to check currency or unit conversions and translations and such.

88. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I am a huge football (soccer) fan, so I have set up all my fav teams and that way I get to know when the next match is and at what time. Very convinient for me. And as far as voice commands, that will be maybe once every 2-3 days.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I used Cortana daily, but now i have the G2 i never use Google now....looks useless, for me at least

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Cortana is DOA. A really poor imitation of Siri.

21. Smarter

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

I agree with joey sfb. Cortana is hardly used, smartphone users like Siri and G now.

51. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I know this is just a poll and some people maybe trolling it but for a proper analysis you have to look at it on a per OS level: Figures as of 02:04 PM EST: Windows 53.62% Daily (Cortana) 17.39% Once every 2-3 days (Cortana) 15.94% Weekly (Cortana) 13.04% Never (Cortana) Android 41.98% Never (Google Now) 26.15% Daily (Google Now) 15.94% Weekly (Google Now) 15.94% Once every 2-3 days (Google Now) iOS 54.30% Never (Siri) 18.28% Weekly (Siri) 14.52% Once every 2-3 days (Siri) 12.90% Daily (Siri) As you can see Never (Siri) and Never (Google Now) tops the list for their respective OS, while Daily (Cortana) tops for Windows. Just goes to show that a big chunk of Android and IOS users never use their voice assistants, while more than half of Windows users use Cortana Daily.

67. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

The issue with collating the results in this way is that people voting are not statistically representative of the population at large. This site has a massive Android bias so the Android result is probably statistically the most representative of the lot, just by sheer volume. With so few Windows Phone users, the people visiting this site AND using Windows Phone are probably the sort of people who are more likely to make use of the voice assistant features, but they probably aren't representative of the wider population.

77. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Microsoft create a lot of negative emotion in people. I rather use any brand than Microsoft and I think there a lot of people feel that way. Negative 8 wow! Microsoft, you are it. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-tops-Apple-in-consumer-loyalty-benchmark_id67975

90. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

True. The only real way to measure this is if Microsoft, Google, and Apple will release the usage statistics of their users (anonymously of course) - which will never happen.

5. srvricky

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I only use it to set alarm ;)

7. Avesperia

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

On android , Google Now is useless, doing stuff manually is more convenient! and what is the point of googling stuff in Google Now when it needs a browser to open pages!

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Google now all the time

11. Arthurhkt

Posts: 726; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

PA, you guys forgot to add in BlackBerry Assistant.

47. Sauce5 unregistered

Whats a BlackBerry?

13. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Since I've had my iPhone I've only used Siri once as I often forget it's there. When I owned a Nexus, I used Google Now multiple times a week, from checking the forecast to getting alerts for my commute home. I feel that when enabled and set up right, it's proactive rather than reactive in the likes of Siri.

17. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I use Google Now daily (heck, hourly), but I almost never speak to it. So much easier to type, and I don't look silly talking at my phone in public. The only time I use voice features is when I'm driving.

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