"Over time, things have really soured between Siri and me. We barely speak anymore," says the...

"Over time, things have really soured between Siri and me. We barely speak anymore," says the NYT's Nick Bilton, discussing his falling out with Apple's (AAPL) voice-assistant software. Bilton adds the latest version of Google Voice Search (GOOG), an element of Google Now that's found on Android 4.1, is a superior alternative, and others seem to agree. Google has plenty of incentive to deliver a quality rival to Siri, given how it diverts traffic from Google search. (previous: I, II)

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  • drrjv
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    Siri works great for me - use it all the time.
    16 Jul 2012, 07:07 PM Reply Like
  • Whitehawk
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    As I've said before: AAPL will get plenty of competition in the VPA/AI space...Google has been building significant NLP and ML expertise.
    16 Jul 2012, 07:12 PM Reply Like
  • Ken Sanders
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    If one evaluates Siri as a voice dictation interface to web search, then absolutely Google Voice Search (GVS) wins... Obviously, GVS has what Siri does not, which is a connection to Google Search...


    It's interesting that the NYT's Nick Bilton says this is what makes GVS 'smarter' than Siri... In fact, GVS is just a dictation interface...


    GVS is, by design and at its peril, trapped in that dictation role. Ultimately, I would rather have my voice assistant understand local context and my own personal information, and - this is important - show deference to that! For example, if I ask about someone and that person is in my contact list (or I follow them on Twitter or I'm friends with them on Facebook), that's the information I want first, not a Google search result. Google cannot make money with that model, hence their single-minded focus on search and paid links; Apple, however, can. Integration with the universe of apps that customers want and use and their own personal information will ultimately create a superior user experience and larger market opportunity than a dictation interface to Google search...


    Is Apple there yet? No way. Siri is still clearly beta software, the pace of its improvement is slow, and I don't find it particularly useful (yet). Its promise as a tool will ultimately depend on how Apple seamlessly integrates its functionality into its mobile platform and the third-party apps running there, as well as its own search capabilities. The API is key. It's not really about Siri vs. GVS, it's about what those tools are connected to and how they are integrated...


    I do believe that Apple is pursuing a much larger opportunity than what Google has done, which is to trap GVS as a front-end to Google Search - basically, make it a dumb dictation machine... It's actually not 'smart' at all...


    Nick Bilton is factually correct but completely misses the larger point...
    16 Jul 2012, 07:38 PM Reply Like
  • Cameron Reed
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    The article is about "Google Now", not GVS. From your comment I don't think you are familiar with Google Now at all. It's definitely not just a dictation interface to google search.


    Also, what's wrong with using google search? Is that really a negative? It's still a great way to get relevant information.
    17 Jul 2012, 11:38 AM Reply Like
  • InvestingInMobile
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    Actually the Google Now is much more than just a dictation interface, it learns habits and anticipates needs. For example, I used the navigation to navigate to a place and the next time I accessed the Google Now, it had the projected time to return home based on current traffic. I search on a ball game and it monitors the team. I can dismiss it and pull it back up later. It suggests information that is relevant to my needs before I ask for it.
    16 Jul 2012, 08:05 PM Reply Like
  • $vix
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    Siri makes its debut, then google debuts voice search, then ios6 will improve and so on.... its a never ending battle of technology. I have used both and siri is great and somestime not, google voice search works great and sometimes not. Looking at the larger picture, the iphone 4s' total package outperforms any android I have ever used. I was at the Ferrari dealer in Greenwich Ct today and there was another customer seated next to me. He was commenting how he was very disappointed with his Galaxy III and headed out to pick up a 4s. Perhaps there was a 4s user somewhere else that was headed out to buy a galaxy III. The point is that everyone has a different opinion, but I believe the number of very satified iphone users has to speak for itself.
    Just like back in the days of the Gould's and the Meehans, todays hedge funds pay millions of dollars out to spread stories to help their long or short position on a stock. I wonder how fat the envelope was that was waiting on Mr. Bilton's.
    16 Jul 2012, 09:11 PM Reply Like
  • ToxmarZ
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    I was at Ferrari headquarters in Maranello Italy today and Lucas Cordero di Montezemolo said he was very dissatisfied with his iPhone 4s and was going to get a Galaxy SIII.
    21 Jul 2012, 12:45 AM Reply Like
  • earlalbin
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    I agree with the technical opinion above, differentiating google search from Seri, they are not functionally equal in terms of standing requirements as a product.


    Having said that, there are as many out there that say Seri is better than Google. His story is just that, it isn't a true scientific study, not that it would matter to the end user.


    I could go on about how much better his piers are as Journalist, but what's the point.
    16 Jul 2012, 10:21 PM Reply Like
  • 400289
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    I suppose it depends on your values: http://bit.ly/NxN1im
    16 Jul 2012, 11:49 PM Reply Like
  • WisPokerGuy
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    If Mr. Bilton likes Google so much, he should run out and load up on Google's stock. As for me, I'll hold my Apple shares and continue to watch them crush their competition in basically every market they enter.


    Long APPL
    17 Jul 2012, 12:17 AM Reply Like
  • sawchain
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    If web search is the only thing he uses Siri for, he's missing out on all of her most useful features. Sending/reading texts, and creating/reading meetings and reminders. Web search is one of many things she does. Web search is the ONLY thing Google does.
    17 Jul 2012, 10:36 AM Reply Like
  • InvestingInMobile
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    Actually, Google Now does more than just web search.
    17 Jul 2012, 11:15 PM Reply Like
  • thealct
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    If Steve Jobs were alive, would this article have seen light of the day. Crooks.
    17 Jul 2012, 12:12 PM Reply Like
  • dwilly
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    they eventually will all work the same
    18 Jul 2012, 07:40 AM Reply Like
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