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Apple Siri versus Google Jelly Bean: Voice search showdown

Armando Rodriguez and Liviu Oprescu | July 5, 2012
One of the big enhancements in the Android 4.0 (Jelly Bean) operating system update that Google announced on June 27 is improved voice recognition in search.

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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