Motorola video shows Google Voice Actions battling Siri

Motorola video shows Google Voice Actions battling Siri
While users of the Apple iPhone 4S have been using Siri as a voice activated personal assistant, Android users have had Google Voice Actions. Not promoted as much as Siri is by the gang at Cupertino, Google Voice Actions can do many of the same things that Siri does. According to a pair of videos made by Motorola Mobility (soon to be owned by Google), Google's technology is faster than Apple's. Motorola took a pair of its handsets, the Motorola ATRIX 2 and the Motorola PHOTON 4G, and put it up against Siri in a multi-round battle.

The first challenge compared how fast both Google Voice Actions and Siri took a spoken message, turned it into an email, and sent it. The second battle was to see which was faster in coming up with navigation to a specific direction. The next contest was to see which technology was able to be the fastest in sending a reminder for the phone's user. The last battle was for Siri and Google Voice Action to see which would be the first to go to Siri went to Google first (how ironic is that!) while Google Voice Actions went straight to the mobile web site for the manufacturer.

The same tests were done with both Motorola models and each time, Google Voice Actions finished first. The videos are interesting because it shows that with all the handwringing done by Android users and manufacturers about Siri, and with all of those upstart apps being developed to challenge Siri, there is already an Android app that competes with Apple's voice activated  personal assistant. Your Android phone must be running Android 2.1 or higher to use Google Voice Actions.

source: Motorola



1. sheep

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

thats cool lol

2. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

who knew? seems like the obvious outcome to me

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

lololol, pretty good Moto. xD

4. Leon101

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Good job MOTO but i think SIRI lost because alot of people is using it at the same time(my suggestion)!!! I have an android and i dont even use voice control cause its a waste of my time, it doesnt even do what i say :(!!!

7. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

this is so true.. it's a feauture people don't use.. I don't really see the use on this voice asistants..

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Flippin' awesome, lol. :D

6. Andy253

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

How many hands does that lady have???

8. Saamic

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I always looked at iphones as being consumer friendly and popular (OMG you have an iphone? ME TOO!). That's why I figure they sell so well without being the superior product. Not saying the iphone is a bad phone it's great, but there are better phones out there that you can get for around the same price

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

finally! a good dam commercial about features

10. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

when I was still using an android phone I actually used the voice features (via Vlingo) very frequently, especially when driving to text, call and navigate. Apple doesn't seem to be an innovator, they just take existing ideas and make them insanely popular.

11. gevvyd

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

lol she talks like siri :)

12. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

hey siri! you just got knocked the F@&K OUT!

13. Orbitman

Posts: 110; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

read the comments for the vids on YouTube, they're hilarious!

14. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I remember when Voice Actions came out, everyone wanted a phone with it. Now that Siri is out, not very many people remember about Voice Actions and wish they had a "Siri" on their phone.

15. androidrockzz

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

WOW believe google voice is faster than siri

16. Prinn

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Ok? I don't get it. Of course Google Voice Actions will be faster. It checks what you said against a command list, where as Siri sends the voice to a server to decipher into a command. Google Voice actions is more made for people who can remember or are used to commands to direct computers. Techy people. Siri is for the general public who don't want to read, or realize there is, an instruction manual. The can say "Siri, I'm hungry, I want Italian." and Siri will understand. And, as a commenter on Youtube pointed out, if you watch the mic on the iPhone, there is a sound a second after the woman finishes talking, forcing it to listen longer. Now, I don't know for sure, Siri might just wait longer for you before it processes the data. In the end, the difference if only a few seconds which is really meaningless and most people will rather not have to learn a list of commands and just talk to Siri. P.S tldr; Google Voice Action is better, but Siri is more marketable to the general public.

18. robinrisk unregistered

Voice actions does send it to a server. Siri seems better though, but we have apps that do the same thing Siri does and honestly, im not excited. I dont use Voice Actions that much except for when im in my car, and it does eactly what i want. Siri is more user-friendly, but its overrated.

24. Prinn

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

You're right, i forgot that Voice Actions also sends it to a server, but that still only needs to compare your voice to a predefined list. And I agree, Siri is overrated.

22. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

I didn't realize it was that hard for the "general public" to say something as simple as "text John" or "call Home"... but then again... people can be pretty dumb, lol

23. Prinn

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Work in retail for a bit. Having been in mobile phone retail I can tell you that however simple it may seem to you, some people will still not get it.

25. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

after telling someone to download Vlingo onto their iPhone and then watching them struggle with it for 20 minutes... I see your point

17. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011


19. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Too bad that they are taking the search button out.

20. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

The search button is not gone. It is gone at the bottom of the phone but there is a voice search bottom on top of the phone in the Google search bar. It works exactly like it does in the video.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Exactly what I've been telling all you mindless iNuts already. Nice to see theres a pretty comparison video now to prove it.

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