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Jelly Bean Voice Search proves Siri needs improvement

Over the weekend we showed you an initial comparison video showing off Google’s brand new Voice Search features inside Android Jelly Bean, compared to Apple’s enhanced Siri features that will be coming when the iOS 6 update lands this Fall.

Now though, we have another detailed look at Google’s new voice assistant and if you were previously unimpressed with Google’s own demonstration at Google I/O, then prepare to be blown away as Google’s effort is actually very impressive indeed.

There is a video on YouTube that is currently doing the rounds and it gives Google’s new voice search a grilling and determines the type of pressure it can handle when asked all sorts of different questions after each other. Siri was pretty impressive the moment Apple first unveiled it, but we have to say that Google’s first showing of these new voice search capabilities as part of their ‘Google Now’ Jelly Bean feature almost puts Siri to shame.

Watch the video below to see how Google handles 40 quick fire questions, ranging from asking where a museum with egyptian features is located in San Jose, to even asking Google what time sunrise is in Tokyo, Japan. As far as we’re aware, we haven’t seen Siri provide support for flight information yet, but Google handles this with ease, telling you instant flight information for a particular destination and even informing you if a flight has been delayed.

If you didn’t know that Bill Murray starred in Ghostbusters, Google’s Knowledge Graph can help you out here too, bringing up all sorts of interesting information. At the very end of the video, the user even asks Google to ‘do a barrel roll’, to which the search interface flips around – Can Siri do that?

We’re big fans of Siri and we’re definitely looking forward to the improvements coming in iOS 6, but Google has stolen the limelight in our opinion in the battle of the voice searches. Check out the video for yourself below and let us know if you are impressed with it too.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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