Poll: do you use a voice assistant on your phone?

Poll: do you use a voice assistant on your phone?
It's been a while since having a personal voice assistant on your phone has become a mainstay in the industry. Apple has Siri, Android has had Google Now for the past years, with some manufacturers even adding their own assistant app, like Samsung's S Voice, and Microsoft has Cortana. Of course, let's not forget the recently-introduced Google Assistant, which seems like it's going to be mostly exclusive to the Google Pixel phones.

And, indeed, the latter seems to be the most impressive than its competitors in its present state. While Microsoft did demo some great things with its deep learning technology, which may or may not make it to Cortana some day, Google seems to have made it to the “contextual conversation with your AI” plane. The Google Assistant should be able to understand contextual questions and remember your personal preferences and types of use so that it can give you more accurate answers faster.

Sounds like Google threw a lot of research at its deep learning tech, and we have to admit — we can't wait to test out the Assistant's capabilities and try its limits. But whether or not we will turn it into a part of our daily smartphone use... we can't say. We haven't been extremely reliant on voice assistants thus far. What about you?

Do you use the voice assistant on your phone?

Yes, every day
Every once in a while
Very, very rarely
Oh, I forgot I had that...



1. acme64

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

"I am your swort, I am your sheld" -Cortant

3. paul.k

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Haha derp

2. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

I usually do it as a last resort as i don't feel comfortable saying the "ok google" trigger command neither in an empty room or with others around.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I use it very little.

5. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015


6. Ray.S

Posts: 463; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

I don't use it. Find it weird and not that efficient.

11. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I use it at the moment when my hands are wet but I need to get something something done urgently. My S6 Edge has Google Now listening from anywhere and trust me, it works quite well.

17. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

For phone use, you are correct. Future home automation is where it will shine.

7. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

Yes, use it pretty often to add reminders, set timer etc. Sometimes thanks to voice activation it helps to check random facts when betting with my wife :) Okay google who was the oldest president to date.

8. adsg48

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

may be sometimes when i am alone...its weird and not so much helpful till now...never used it (Siri) in public

13. AlikMalix unregistered

If you switch the mute toggle to mute - Siri won't respond an audio response and go straight to the task (in case you don't want her to respond in public). Or you can completely turn of audio responses in settings. But it's not like you really talk to Siri. "Call my wife" "open snapchat" "tell my wife I'all be late" "where's my daughter" - are just commands, not really conversations.

9. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I always use Siri for setting a timer, reminders and lists. I very often use see Siri to call the closest friends or relatives. Occasionally I ask Siri to go to a certain website.

10. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

The problem is I always ask questions I already know the answers to. Can't seem to think of anything to ask. That's when u realize ur bored af!

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Use it several times a day. Very useful to save time looking for apps, typing this post. Calling contacts (instead of looking for them. Look for app in the AppStore. I haven't manualy set a reminder (either location based or time based) or calendar even since my iPhone 5s days. I also use it to sum-up/deduct strings of numbers - miles faster than typing them in). Also prefer Siri to type texts and notes for me in my native language - it would be extremely slow for me to find letter by letter in another language keyboard. The only improvement I would ad to my everyday usage is the mic that can hear better when I'm to far from the phone.

24. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"The only improvement I would ad to my everyday usage is the mic that can hear better when I'm to far from the phone." Try a bluetooth or wireless earbuds with good range.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm considering an Apple Watch instead (Siri is accessible on Apple Watch) - I didn't care for one, but several people I know and some of clients has it and they all really loves it.

28. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I'm still on the fence about a smartwatch. Everything that I like to do I prefer it on my phone. I want a tablet bit I'm too picky but after my Note 7 died on me & I had to use my laptop for a week to access the internet I'm really considering one.

14. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Not just a virtual assistant, but THE virtual assistant: Google.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

That can't even track your friends and family for you. Only recently added ability to understand who your parents/wife/kids are. Can't manage personal information and areas you prefer to shop or hangout at. Does not respond except for the "bleep" sound. Cannot be used by third party developers to add depth of info within the apps. Just tried to "guess" what you may need to know and most of the time gives you info you already know or outright wrong "predictions". It's not "THE" assistant - it's another assistant with pros and cons.

19. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

So does Siri or Cortana do the above things that you mentioned or do they direct you to an app that does cause Google does that as well.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Cortana is available for Android. Since most trolls claim Microsoft apps work better on Android than they do on Windows phones, Cortana must be the phenomenally better than Google Assistant.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Don't know about Cortana - but what I mentioned above was for Siri. I just hate that you all hop on the bandwagon and dismiss Siri (or Cortana) because google has a glorified voice search. GN has its own perks, so does Cortana, so does GN - none are absolute or "THE" voice assistant. All I'm saying is - Stop worshiping everything android!!!

23. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I'm not on any bandwagon. I'm sure Siri has improved but when I worked in wireless 2 years ago & would compare the two, GN came out on top. I'm quite sure Siri is THE virtual assistant for you just like GN is THE virtual assistant. That's all I'M saying. Make sure you're not all in your feelings the next time you reply.

25. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Like How with Apple fans, everything Apple does is perfect? For me they all suck and are all stupid overall. Google has the advantage, because their foundation is based on search. Google has the most accurate results vs any of them. Cortana can understand some context, while Siri can't understand words used in a different context. Siri was a rush to bring some useless gimmicky feature to the phoenix 4S, because the phone was 99.9% identical to the iPhone 4. S-Voice, was a needless rush by Samsung to get on the Siri bandwagon. Though S-Voice is very accurate, it is very slow. Now it is faster on the Gear S/S2, because the database for S-Voice for the most common requests are stored on the device itself. But anytime it has to reach Samsung's servers, it is to slow. Cortana is ok. Its fast, fair accurate, but to me is useless on the desktop, when the internet is already at your fingertips and google is a quick shortcut away. I would say that any assistant that uses Google as its foundation, will be faster, more accurate and the way it is integrated into Android, you can't launch it by mistake. something I get tired of on my iPad. Every-time I try to double-tap for the tasker, it launches Siri. Don't be mad because Android is better at doing a lot of things vs other platforms. You sound like Mac guys who go and try to disgrace Windows to death, just because Windows is better at everything over a Mac, and the things that Macs are good at, usually don't matter and are special case usages. -Stop worshiping everything Android? How about you stop hatin' everything Android. Android is everything iOS and Windows Phone needs to be, but at this point is too late and wouldn't even matter. Its the things those guys left out, that we've been using for years on the desktop. Its not Google fault that companies who don't have experience in doing something, just rush and buys other peoples work, just to say they did it first, without thoroughly thinking about what the user actually needs. For me its speed and accuracy. something that Google Now and Cortana are better at being. That's huge considering Siri was one of the first and it is one of the worse.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx for the tip on Purify. That may be the best $1.99 I ever spent. +1 bro.

16. Behyjoon

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Google assistant help with lots of info but it's not that much smart to make a conversation most of the time bring web search instead of straight answer, there is hope that integrating Google deepmind will help in future with neural network and human like speak.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Cortana is my assistant. None better.

22. ipadminiz5pmeizumx4htcone

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 20, 2016

I graves me headache when I use Siri "Siri what's the typhoon signal now" and can't even answer me ,ohh god... it can't even activate it by saying "hey Siri! What's the purpose of keep tapping just to have a continues conversion? So this is why my iPad mini 2 is very good of preserving battery. Yet, my Xperia z5 premium is good and google now is very reliable yet Xperia z5 battery drains even on idle or stamina mode.

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