Battle Of Siri And Google Pixel’s Assistant

Posted: Oct 25 2016, 8:29am CDT | by , in Apple


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Battle Of Siri and Google Pixel’s Assistant

Google Pixel phones are the first official devices to host the Google Assistant. This feature is a machine learning artificial assistant built directly inside of it. The company wishes the Google Assistant to be personalized. It performs basic tasks for the user, continues conversations and of course performs search queries.

YouTuber Marques Brownlee decided to put the New Google Assistant to test by putting both in to a head to head competition with the latest version of Siri from the iPhone 7 Plus. In the video, the YouTuber placed both devices side-by-side and turned them on at the same time. He gave them a combination of queries and commands just to test how each one of them responds.

The YouTuber starts with simple tasks such as checking the weather, finishing off math equations, managing apps and even setting timers. He then takes a step further on to advanced queries such as asking what is the closing time of a post office, stock prices and who is the current President the United States.

When the assistants figure out whom the president is, Brownlee asks the assistants a simple question as to how tall he is. The Google Assistant correctly answered how tall President Barack Obama was however Siri had to go for a Bing Search. When Siri was asked how tall President Barack Obama is, Siri could not answer immediately and instead searched how tall United States is.

When the YouTuber put the question more directly, both the assistants are able to answer the query without any major problems. Furthermore Brownlee tries to continue with a contextual conversation with the assistants. Google Assistant correctly identified as to who won the Super Bowl query and the team’s current quarter back.

However, Siri was not able to connect both the queries but when asked if the Los Angeles Clippers won? Siri gave a list of the most recent clippers game while Google Assistant gave in an old list from the previous season. Google Assistant also found difficulty in identifying the song which was playing. Brownlee continues the testing with contextual questions such as information about Kathmandu and the Facebook CEO.

Siri and Google Assistant both were able to keep up. They understood context and were able to link up connecting queries. The conclusion of the video is that Brownlee tries talking to both Siri and Google and inquires how they are doing and if they are able to make a sandwich for him, crack a joke and so on. Surprisingly Google Assistant was able to come on a more personal level and was able to joke around with Brownlee.

Brownlee concluded that the Google Assistant was able to reach a more personal level rather than Siri. It was able to keep up with context and even tell jokes. On the other hand he felt Siri was able to give more information with help of graphs and visual information. Siri was able to present the information required while Google Assistant was much more talkative and interactive,reading out information instead of giving visual cues.

Apple has been improving Siri over the previous years. It has included more functions and has opened it too third party applications. In August Apple claimed that machine learning technique has cut Siri’s error rate almost by half. However rumors have recently suggested that Apple is improving Siri’s functionality so that it can be included in an Amazon Echo like smart home device. Apple has opened up employment opportunities for machine learning and AI divisions over the past few months to improve Siri.

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