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Android vs. Siri voice app reconsidered

Voice recognition for smartphones is one of the latest technologies to brace handhelds and with Apple’s iOS Siri competing against other Android apps we are intrigued to know which is more effective. This is where putting both Android and Siri features to the test will give us an overall perspective of which works best.

According to some, the voice recognition system for Android smartphones is not as good as the Siri feature and The New York Times discussed this topic extensively in a recent report as they continue to find out which is better. Since the advances of touch screen phones became apparent, the voice recognition aspect has also become relevant and this has resulted in a reporter spending two weeks using both the iPhone with Siri and a phone using Google’s Android operating system.

Speaking to both devices simultaneously is the easiest way to differentiate between the two, although they do highlight varied components like dictation, commands and internet searches. This has opened up more of an investigation considering each function provides different results for each device.

When it comes to dictation this feature is still regarded as weak on both systems with many transcription errors experienced, but we are aware of varied accents and tones along with background noise.

As far as phone-control commands are concerned, this area seems to be more successful on both, although Siri is slightly better, but when you put them both to the test for internet searches, Android comes out on top. Both the iPhone Siri and Android voice recognition features work well here, but the reporter was surprised with how fast and effective the Android version is.

The downsides to the Android phone’s speech features is the requirement to pick it up regularly and look at it which in many cases defeats the whole purpose. Siri, on the other hand is ideal for restaurants and movies, especially when it comes to booking reservations or tickets, as it also displays valuable information.

In addition, Siri has more personality and asking it questions like “Who’s your daddy?” gets a reply like “You are“, and if you ask Siri to talk dirty, she replies with a decent comeback listing words like “Compost, Pumice, Silt and Gravel.” The bottom line here is, the Siri may be out in front, but the gap has be drastically reduced and the Android version seems to have come a long way in such a short space of time, giving us reason to believe cell phone speech recognition is getting better at a rapid pace, especially for Android.

Do you find voice recognition is evolving enough for it to be a useful feature in the future? Maybe this will give users more reason to speak to their device rather than through it.

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Written by Marlon Votta

Marlon joined the Product Reviews team in March 2011. He brings a wide-range of experience to PR, and has studied and worked in a diverse range of industries. These include art and design, a Horticulturalist, graphics and printing. Personal interests include music, football, boxing, traveling, and different languages, although Marlon has an Italian background. He now looks to expand his computer and tech knowledge by writing news on the latest trends in this industry. Follow Marlon if you’re looking for an unbiased view of the latest products, and tech services.

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