Watch Google Voice Actions Knock Siri’s Socks Off

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All we hear from Apple users, and especially from the poor souls that chose an iPhone4S over a Galaxy Nexus or any of the other leading Android devices, is how cool Siri is. Siri that, Siri this, we get it, you love your virtual personal assistant.

But Google has its own voice recognition technology – Google Voice Actions, which lets you send texts, fire up your GPS navigator, or go to a website simply by telling you phone to do it. Sure, it’s not Siri. Google Voice Actions is not designed to be an intelligent assistant, nor does Google claim that the Voice Actions app is a match for Siri. But that doesn’t mean that Google Voice Actions can’t do a hell of a good job, and even leave the much-hyped Siri in the dust.

Especially when it comes to simple actions (that GVA was designed to handle in the first place), Google’s voice app and the entire Android UI are way faster than Siri. See for yourself, in these videos from Motorola, where three of Big M’s Android devices are pitched against the iPhone 4S.

First, it’s the ATRIX 2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=FBYMDs_RFeI

Next, the PHOTON 4G.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bihgxpAQyXU

And then, the Electrify.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Y6QySOKzFQk

As you can see for yourself, no problems whatsoever in beating Siri at its own game. Google Voice Actions is notably faster at executing various commands than Siri, regardless of the device. In some cases, the Droids finish several seconds faster than the iPhone. You can almost feel poor Siri’s embarrassment. And the iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, so Apple fans can’t claim that it’s a matter of 3G vs. 4G.

Now, we should all be reasonable and hand it to Apple when they hit the mark. Siri is much more than a voice recognition software. After all, Steve Jobs wouldn’t have bought the makers of the first Siri app to get a simple voice command tool.

But, guess what, Apple? Google is coming fast from behind. How fast? How about an AI that passes the Turing Test 93% of the time, over a one hour IM session? In other words, after chatting for one hour with Google’s AI, you won’t be able to tell whether you’ve talked to a computer or to a human, 93 times out of 100!

And Google’s amazing AI is coming to Android in the near future. The future intelligent assistant in your Droid is presumably codenamed Majel, after Majel Barret-Roddenberry, the actress who played the voice of the Enterprise computer in the Star Trek series. Nice touch, Google!

To leave you with a smile, check out this hilarious Siri parody. If only more people could have a voice of reason tucked in their smartphone… the world would be a better place. And don’t forget to leave feedback – do you think that Google can outdo Siri?

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