Apple Siri Versus Google Jelly Bean: Voice Search Showdown

Question 9: "When Was Apple Founded?"

Siri gave us an answer from Wolfram Alpha, but Android read us our answer.

Winner: Android Jelly Bean

Question 10: "Set a Timer for 5 Minutes"

Siri actually set a timer and had a nice graphic to go with it.

On Android, Jelly Bean set an alarm for 5 minutes into the future. Both approaches work, though we preferred the way Siri handled this task.

Winner: Apple Siri

Question 11: "What's 56 Divided by 7?"

Android was the first one back with the answer to our math problem, while Siri took time to contact Wolfram Alpha for help.

Winner: Android Jelly Bean

Question 12: "What's $100 in Euros?"

Much as with our math problem, Android was the first one back with an answer.

Siri took longer, but it went above and beyond the call of duty by also bringing us currency rates for assorted countries, plus a graph showing past conversion rates for the euro.

Winner: Apple Siri

Question 13: "What’s My Horoscope for Today?"

Both Android and Siri failed to answer this question, and defaulted to performing an online search.

Winner: Tie

Question 14: "Tell Me a Story"

Siri went on to tell us a rather lengthy tale, while Android just did another Google search.

Winner: Apple Siri

Question 15: "Sing Me a Song"

Siri sang us a song, whereas Android performed a Google search for the phrase "sing me a song."

Winner: Apple Siri

Question 16: "Play Some Kanye West"

Siri started playing a Kayne West song from the iTunes library, while Android tried to conduct a search for "Conyay West."

Strangely enough, we were able to get Android to recognize other artists such as Michael Jackson and The Killers, but for some reason it refused to recognize the correct spelling of Kanye West's name.

Winner: Apple Siri

Question 17: "What's the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything?"

Siri gave us a semiserious answer, while Google brought up a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference.

Winner: Tie

Android seems to do better on questions relating to navigation and maps, but Siri is superior at finding places to eat and playing music.

It will be interesting to see what other improvements Apple will make to Siri when iOS 6 launches in the fall, and whether Google can iron out the quirks in Android Jelly Bean before it releases in mid-July.

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