Now, I love me some Siri, but even I have to admit that the personal voice assistant isn’t always super fast or super accurate. Last night, when I asked it when the new iMac would ship, it said, “I don’t know that that means. If you like, I can search the web for ‘When does the new iMac ship’.” Today, it directs me to “Apple’s rather fabulous website.”
When I asked Google search the same question? I got a ton of responses, including a link to an Amazon.com question And Answer: When will the new imacs ship…”
Google search also seems a LOT faster in recognizing and interpreting what I mean when I speak to it, and it works on non-Siri capable iOS devices. Apple’s got some competition here.
Download Google search from the iTunes app store, and launch it with a tap. Then, tap on the little microphone “Voice” icon. Speak your search, and watch the app race through recognition. I asked, “What’s the cheapest price for an Ion Drum Rocker for Playstation 3?” and instantly got a list of links to buy the requested item. When I asked, “Where is Home Depot in Anchorage,” Google search replied, in voice, “Here are addresses for Home Depot near Anchorage,” along with maps, links, phone numbers, and buttons to call the business with.
Tap the downward-pointing arrow in the upper right corner of the screen to go back to the Google Search app home screen, or tap on the microphone at the bottom of the screen to speak another request. From the home screen, you can also tap on the Apps icon to quick link to any Google apps you use, or tap the Goggles icon to snap a picture of something to search for it online. Goggles is cool, but nowhere near as accurate as the voice search.