During Google I/O this year, the company showed off Now on Tap, which looks to be an extremely cool use of Google Now’s information scraping. Since then, Microsoft has already updated their Bing app to offer a similar experience, and it’s expected that Apple will do the same at some point. The competition in the digital personal assistant space is heating up very, very quickly, but unfortunately, Google may end up struggling to be competitive with other giants, according to some recent news. Read more
Microsoft is announcing that Phone Companion will be bringing Cortana to iOS and Android. The Redmond-based company plans on releasing separate apps for each mobile operating system, moving away from the digital assistant’s exclusivity to Microsoft products.
A user on reddit has posted about his experience as a new employee with a company that has access to voice recordings that he claims are commands given to mobile devices. According to this individual, some of the recordings specifically refer to Siri, Apple’s voice-activated search and command app. The reddit poster also implicates Microsoft’s solution, Cortana, and other posters have pointed out that Google is also saving Google Now commands. Although this user has access to the recordings, the employer is none of these major companies. Read more
Teenagers use voice commands a lot and they really want to order pizza. That is just some of what Google found from its Mobile Voice Study. Google looked at 1,400 smartphone users and how they use voice commands from Google Search, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana. Teenagers (ages 13-18) use voice commands every day while adults are more inclined to “feel tech savvy” because of it.
Here are some notes from the Mobile Voice Study:
- 55% of teenagers in the United States use voice commands every day
- 45% of adults feel geeky when using voice commands
- 89% of teenagers and 85% of adults believe that voice commands will be “very common” in the future
- 22% of teenagers use voice commands in the bathroom
- 45% of teenagers selected “send me pizza” when told to “pick one thing you wish you could ask your phone to do for you”
- Northeasterners are the most active group to use voice commands — 50% use it at least once per day
According to a new study by digital Marketing consultant firm Stone Temple, Google Now‘s voice searches trump those of both Siri and Cortana. Stone Temple created some 3,086 different queries to compare all three of these search platform. Rather than being random each question was specifically designed to procure a full answer to the question asked. In those 3,086 queries Google Now returned twice as many enhanced results as the Apple voice assistant and three times that of Cortana, as you can see from the graph below
Apple owns Siri, but it does not own the company with the technology behind it. The company merely owns the voice assistant’s spun out company from 2010. Nuance Communications actually developed the voice recognition engine for Siri. The voice recognition engine remains in Nuance Communications’ ownership even though it may not be for much longer.
The war between Android and iOS isn’t just about smartphone or tablet market share. How about Google Now vs Siri? Which is better? Well Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster conducted a study that answers the question.
He threw 800 questions at both apps, and half of them were asked indoors, while the other half was outdoors. The questions were about local information, commerce, navigation, general information, and OS command.
Apple’s Siri must be feeling a bit down with all the attention Google’s Glass devices are garnering. Some folks have discovered a bit of an edge to Siri when a user accidentally says “OK Glass” to the personal assistant. The responses from Siri are present in iOS 6 and supposedly even more are offered in the iOS 7 Beta. Some of Siri’s comebacks include a reference to Glass being “half empty” or being akin to strapping a phone on your forehead. The question now is how long will it take for some intrepid Google Glass wearer to produce a response.
source: The Verge
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you’re probably well-aware that Apple currently has its always-exciting WWDC event underway. While most folks out there walked away largely impressed (or for some of you, thankful that Apple has finally decided to catch up to the Android platform in some regards), there is something noteworthy that no doubt an eye-opener: Apple’s decision to roll with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine, instead of Google for the forthcoming iOS 7 update. Despite the public’s overwhelming preference for Google as a search engine (it holds a stunning 66.5% share in the U.S. according to comScore), Bing will be integrated into Siri searches instead… despite its ho-hum 17.3% share web search share. There is a minor workaround to this as Siri users also can still utilize Google for search results by asking Siri to “search Google” for a unique request. But yes friends, Apple is just about finished with Anything that can be perceived as a threat to its brand (Samsung, Apple, etc.)…
… Yet despite Bing being the default search engine when used with Siri, Apple hasn’t quite lost its senses just yet as Google will remain the default web search engine in the Safari Web browser for iOS devices. So at least all is not quite lost for the minority of Apple + Android users out there.
source: Wall Street Journal Blog
In a new story published yesterday, The Huffington Post delves into the history of Siri, Apple’s voice-assistant that seems to be ubiquitous to the iPhone experience since the 4S came out. One of the interesting bits of information from the article deals with how the technology almost ended up on all Android phones that were going to be sold by Verizon. Read more