Siri vs Google Assistant: win some, lose some (infographic)

There is a new field of battle in the Silicon Valley, the artificial intelligence (AI) game, and each of the big guns - Google, Apple, Microsoft or Facebook - is working hard to develop their own algorithms to beat the rest and futureproof its business models. While AI is not necessarily a new field, the advent of supercomputers in out pockets made possible carrying the consumer side of it - virtual assistants like Siri or Google Now - always with us, and that is why the paces of AI development got fierce lately.

During its iOS 10 presentation, Apple placed a lot more emphasis on the new features of its digital butler Siri than usual, while Google fought back with the Google Assistant in its new Pixel phones that can even do follow-up questions. Those AI-powered virtual helpers are basically striving for similar goals, but go about achieving them in a different manner, and while Siri is good at some things, Google Assistant may have the upper hand in others, and this handy infographic below will help you understand which does what better.

source: 50waystohelp



1. Fonetastic

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

As an iOS user (But I do have a Nexus 9) I agree, Google have the edge as of now.

2. Fonetastic

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

has* not have

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

0.5 years-old vs 5 years-old.... 0.5 years-old win...

6. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

You're talking like siri has not been updated for 5 years. The OG siri was absolute horsecrap.

7. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Siri is only just now regaining the functionality that it had before it was bought by Apple.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Are you guys forgetting that Google Now is the one that started the whole Assistant thing back in 2012. It even won awards back then, and could track packages and so much more. Siri in 2012 couldn't do what Google Now brought to the table. So to sum it up, Google Assistant is the next level up to Google's own Google Now. So when ibend stated "0.5 years-old vs 5 years old". Just proves how ignorant ibend really is.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Any link to support this claim? I am not very sure whether its one team developing Google Now then follow up on the improvement of Google Assistant or Google Now one team of developers and Google Assistant another team of developers.

4. ideal_josh

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Google can post to twitter, send messages to whatsapp and some other social apps but no Facebook or Uber yet. And no Shazam yet also. If not, It wins easily

5. Fonetastic

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I have asked Siri to name that song, and whilst it works, it does not keep a record, where as the Shazam app keeps a list of all the songs you have tagged, handy to refer back to.

9. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I think since Google Assistant gets baked into more phones outside of the Pixel line (and if you use Allo on other phones), and they release the SDK to devs, you will see more app integration. But it's not bad being it's only officially a few months old!

8. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Whoa! Im actually surprised to see phonearena appreciating Google over Apple! Well done!

11. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Google is not your friend. It is a bloated spy ware that keeps track of everything you do n the web and every place you go in real life. If folks wish to use google and be spied upon on everything they do say and see then have at it.

13. vishnu_ramesh

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

This is not fair!!! Where is Cortana?!!! It can beat both Siri and the other new one!!!

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