With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The
Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at
Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two
digital assistants had to say for themselves
What is the meaning of life?
can't answer that now, but give me some time to write a very long play
in which nothing happens." Siri has more than a dozen prepared responses
to that question.
The voice assistant was
silent. Instead, keywords in that question triggered an ad for the
Mormons on the top of the search results page. That was followed by
links to a Wikipedia entry for "meaning of life" and other sites.
What is the weather like Friday?
should be nice Friday up to 61 degrees and sunny." Siri also presented a
graphic with day-by-day conditions over the next six days, using
information from Yahoo.
"Friday's forecast for
New York, New York, is 64 degrees and clear." Google then presented a
box with day-by-day conditions over the next 10 days, as well as current
What movies are showing this weekend?
found five movies playing nearby on Friday." Siri then presented a card
with show times, parental ratings and favorability ratings from the
Rotten Tomatoes website. Four of the movies were at art-house cinemas,
as theater chains hadn't released weekend schedules yet. Links to buy or
rent those movies on iTunes were offered when available.
playing in New York on Friday." Google then offered a page with times,
descriptions and other information for 13 movies, including six IMAX
movies playing at science museums in New York and Jersey City, New
Jersey. As with Siri, most of the rest were at art-house cinemas.
How did the Mets do?
"The Mets lost to the Phillies yesterday. The final score was 5 to 1." An inning-by-inning scoreboard was presented.
"The Mets lost to the Phillies 5 to 1." An inning-by-inning scoreboard was offered up.
Please set my alarm for seven.
set an alarm for 7 a.m." Siri assumed 7 the next morning rather than 7
that evening. Siri then showed a digital clock with a lever at "on,"
which you can switch to "off."
assistant was silent. Instead, search results appeared, including an
article on "How to Use Siri's Clock - For Dummies."