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Motorola video shows Google Voice Actions battling Siri

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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 Motorola.com. 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

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posted on 27 Feb 2012, 21:12 3

1. sheep (banned) (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

thats cool lol

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 21:14 5

2. nickjjay (Posts: 79; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

who knew?

seems like the obvious outcome to me

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 21:18 3

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

lololol, pretty good Moto. xD

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 21:24 5

4. Leon101 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Feb 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 :(!!!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 21:36 1

7. danny_a2005 (Posts: 267; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 21:33 2

5. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Flippin' awesome, lol. :D

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 21:35 6

6. Andy253 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

How many hands does that lady have???

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 21:40 3

8. Saamic (Posts: 119; Member since: 20 Feb 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

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 22:06 1

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

finally! a good dam commercial about features

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 22:08 2

10. DechyX (Posts: 139; Member since: 16 May 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.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 22:21 1

11. gevvyd (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)

lol she talks like siri :)

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 22:23 2

12. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

hey siri!

you just got knocked the F@&K OUT!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 22:33

13. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 22:43

14. skymitch89 (Posts: 1360; Member since: 05 Nov 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.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 22:48 1

15. androidrockzz (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)

WOW believe google voice is faster than siri

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 23:37 2

16. Prinn (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Feb 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 07:51

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.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 02:14

24. Prinn (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Feb 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.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 16:59

22. DechyX (Posts: 139; Member since: 16 May 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

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 02:12

23. Prinn (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Feb 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 10:38

25. DechyX (Posts: 139; Member since: 16 May 2011)

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

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 01:37

17. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


posted on 28 Feb 2012, 09:45 1

19. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Too bad that they are taking the search button out.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 10:18

20. jeff327 (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Feb 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 10:29 1

21. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 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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