Showdown: Google Voice Search v. Siri speed test

By , Nov 5, 2012

Google’s recently updated Voice Search iOS app is simply amazing as it demonstrates just how speedy Siri should be. Unfortunately, Apple’s digital secretary remains reliant on network connectivity for voice recognition. Heck, this time last year some folks were even convinced only the iPhone 4S was fast enough to run Siri. That couldn’t be farther from the truth because Google’s iOS app comes with real-time voice recognition. So, how speedy is Siri compared to Google’s refreshed app? Check out this clip by Gizmodo and meet us down in the comments. It’s a couple days old but definitely worth watching…

As you can see, Google’s iOS app blows Siri out of the water, at least when it comes to the speed of voice recognition. Apple definitely needs to get its act together and enable offline voice recognition in Siri.

Even Apple pundit John Gruber noted as much:

How fast should Siri be? This fast.

Good thing the company has Mr. Fixer to take care of this.

By the way, Siri in the upcoming iOS 6.1 update will let you purchase movie tickets, but through the Fandango app rather than directly from its interface.

[via Gizmodo]

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  • Eric Armstrong

    Woah!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    siri seams to be more convoluted..

  • CollegiateLad

    I really like google voice search. The speed is nice but I like it more so for its accuracy. I wish it was native so I can use it to launch apps, set timers, appointments, etc.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000514380051 John Sklikas

      Wait for the jailbreak. I am sure that there will be a tweak that will set as siri proxy, the google now proxy instead of Apple’s proxy

  • http://www.facebook.com/colby.kirchner Colby Kirchner

    Its speedy but requires you to open app first. Siri can be used anywhere. Big difference for me.

    • http://www.clubnokiard.com/ Frankie Bloise

      probably in iOS. In Android works everywhere same as Siri in iOS.

      • RarestName

        Doesn’t work on my mother’s Galaxy Note. Or my cousin’s Galaxy R. Or my friend’s Galaxy Ace. Or my friend’s Galaxy S II. Or my friend’s Galaxy S III. Or my uncle’s Galaxy Mini. Or my aunt’s Galaxy Tab. Or my Uncle’s Galaxy Note 10.1. Or my friend’s Xperia PLAY.

        I don’t see your point here. And don’t even talk about custom ROMs here.

      • TriguyRN

        Are they running android 4.1 or 4.2 jellybean?

      • RarestName

        No official way of doing that yet. That’s the annoying fact. And they refuse to root and flash custom ROMs because they want their “precious” warranty to be valid.

      • TriguyRN

        Wow. It is annoying when people worry about warranty when they do harmless, reversible software mods

      • MagicDrumSticks

        Well, iPhone cant do most of the amazing stuff it can without a jailbreak. And since apple is Making it harder and harder to jailbreak whole it’s quite simple to root, android has the upper hand

      • RarestName

        True. Now all I need to do is to get a Nexus phone and use it together with my iOS devices. Best of both worlds!

      • http://www.clubnokiard.com/ Frankie Bloise

        so does siri.. it doest work in a iphone 3Gs, or in an iPhone 4… oh guess what, isnt available?
        so stop your dumb rant and stick to the fact that Google Voice is better than Siri.

        Regards,

        a windows phone user.

      • RarestName

        Did I even mention that Siri is better? I know that Google Search is way faster than Siri, because I’ve personally tested myself!

        I’ve even tried installing Siri on an iPhone 4 and even a 3GS. It’s not worth it.

        On the other hand, the superior Google Search app is available on those devices.

      • http://twitter.com/MattGMckenzie Matt ✵ McKenzie

        Doesn’t on my Motorola Razr or StarTAC, what’s your point?

    • http://twitter.com/Enestasd Enes Tasdemir

      You can use activator if your phone is jailbroken

      • http://www.facebook.com/colby.kirchner Colby Kirchner

        The options are there, the beauty of cydia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/johan.bruno Johan Peguero Bruno

    i downloaded google search last week and since then, bye bye siri!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

      Troll? Bye bye?

      • MagicDrumSticks

        How is he a troll? Google is the clear winner here, don’t be so butt hurt.

    • Johnathan Jennings

      Good luck sending messages, calling people, getting directions, and launching apps with google.

      • DanielMcCarthy

        or you could buy an Android device and not worry about any of that while having the speed and efficiency of Google Now, among the hundreds of other features that iOS doesn’t have.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kpango1 Kristi Pango

    Google Now is very nice and quick, but the only thing i like about siri is it’s ability to talk to you, i mean you need to be very specific to ask for something on Google Now, like when you say just weather Google Now doesn’t display anything while siri shows you the weather, i’m not asking for fancy talking like, “yo there”-“hi”-“Watcha doin?”. It’s not like i’m gonna talk to my smartphone, thats why i have friends…:)

  • Ignacio Irigoyen

    I like siri, but it seems to Apple is improving Siri in the USA and outside it has 1/10 the functionality.

  • Ryan Stack

    good thing I don’t use either

  • Stormy08

    Unbelievable. Siri was the big selling point of the 4S, and to see it being blown out of the water like that is just unbelievable! Well done to Google. Siri never has much use for me here in Australia, other than setting alarms and checking the (mostly inaccurate) weather. Google Voice is so much better due to their broad databases of local business, understand you better, and faster. The only thing Siri has going for it is being integrated (native).

  • jose castro

    they need to mix the 2 up. make a faster siri like assistant.

  • http://twitter.com/Cabezz0n Tom García

    I think it isn’t fair. Siri gives you an answer, the Google Search app, just looks on the web. However, Google’s app is great recognizing voice, but, it doesn’t work offline for me!

    • TriguyRN

      The voice recognition works offline……..Of coarse you can’t search the internet without connection (Facepalm)

  • M Last

    don’t mix up

    google voice just search on the web but Siri understand’s what you said.

    • TriguyRN

      What?

  • Ronald Weaver

    it Would be sweet if we could use this tech for texting or making phone calls. i have fumbled words and it just seems to understand me. the voice recognition seems a litle better than siri.

  • Irfan Tarique

    I love Google voice !!! I want this stuff integrated into my house, computer, cell phone, car , elevators and cloths. Its crazy fast and accurate… i love it :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/yuvraj.wadhwani Yuvraj Wadhwani

    I’m impressed with Google :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5MANJOES25C2OM6FKF22FVW2DM Shawn dollaz

    i don’t even use siri anymore if you try Google voice>you wont either

  • http://twitter.com/HiTekkSteff Stephaughn Alston

    “Here are the current standings for the Rangers” lol.

  • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

    Why doesn’t Google just combine Google Search with Chrome? Create one app that does it all…