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Old Oct 30, 2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Google Search App Brings Siri-Competitor to iPhone




Google has given its iOS app a new search feature that squares it directly at Apple's Siri. Google even calls it the "most advanced voice search" on iOS. Google gives a number of examples of how the service can be used.
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- "What does Yankee Stadium look like?" Google will show you hundreds of pictures instantly.

- "Play me a trailer of the upcoming James Bond movie." The trailer starts playing immediately right within Google Search.

- "When does daylight savings time end?" The answer will appear above the search results, so you can set your clock without having to click on a link.

- "Who's in the cast of The Office?" See a complete cast list and find out who made you crack up last night.
The service feels notably faster than Siri, recognizing words as they are spoken rather than all at once in the end. It even works on devices that aren't supported by Siri. One commenter on Hacker News confirms that the voice search works on his iPhone 4.

Google Search for iOS is available free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Old Oct 30, 2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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As a heavy Siri user, I've been using Google's voice search all day and I'm pretty impressed. I've always defended Siri but this blows it out of the water for simpler requests (not maps/reminder/alarm/etc related).
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 03:22 AM   #3
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As a heavy Siri user, I've been using Google's voice search all day and I'm pretty impressed. I've always defended Siri but this blows it out of the water for simpler requests (not maps/reminder/alarm/etc related).
Agreed and I must say, we're getting the better deal: the best of both worlds
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 03:27 AM   #4
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Agreed and I must say, we're getting the better deal: the best of both worlds
android has everything baked in. "Google now" is faster , more features and better speech recongnition than siri. But this app gives ios users an insight into the power google has behind it.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 03:55 AM   #5
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android has everything baked in. "Google now" is faster , more features and better speech recongnition than siri. But this app gives ios users an insight into the power google has behind it.
It's really impressive that while Siri advertisements show a fake realtime usage (it's nowhere as fast as in these scenes), this Google Search is in fact as blazing fast as in the ad...
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 04:16 AM   #6
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As a heavy Siri user, I've been using Google's voice search all day and I'm pretty impressed. I've always defended Siri but this blows it out of the water for simpler requests (not maps/reminder/alarm/etc related).
I think the strong point of Siri IMHO is that you can CAN set alarms and have other non browser functions.

I wonder, can Siri switch Wifi and Data on/off? That really sux on iOS
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 12:06 PM   #7
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As a heavy Siri user, I've been using Google's voice search all day and I'm pretty impressed. I've always defended Siri but this blows it out of the water for simpler requests (not maps/reminder/alarm/etc related).
Agreed. Its very fast to!
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 12:42 PM   #8
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It speaks faster too! LOL
Anyways I think it's only a search tool. I primarily use Siri to do stuff with the phone, like opening apps, setting alarms and touch less texting. For conversions Google is faster and for online searches Google is also faster. Cool to have both.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 12:47 PM   #9
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 05:19 PM   #10
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On my 3GS I asked Google 4 questions (weather, a Celsius conversion, how to spell Fahrenheit, and FedEx rates). Google nailed all 4. Siri, on my iPad, got the first, had to think about the second and finally gave me a list to choose from, had to think about it and finally provided Daniel Fahrenheit's biography for #3, and offered to search the web for #4. Sorry Apple, game, set, match for Google.

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Old Nov 3, 2012, 06:17 PM   #11
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First time I'm seriously considering jumping ships from Apple onto Google.

I'll wait till the next iteration of iOS to see.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 08:20 PM   #12
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First time I'm seriously considering jumping ships from Apple onto Google.

I'll wait till the next iteration of iOS to see.

Yep, recent events are definitely testing the loyalty we want to continue having to Apple.
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 05:11 PM   #13
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This will make many iOS users happy who don't have SIRI on their iPhone such as myself!
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This will make many iOS users happy who don't have SIRI on their iPhone such as myself!
Which is a bloody shame BTW...
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Which is a bloody shame BTW...
why because I didn't have to pay Ģ529 for a feature I would not even use.
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I am really impressed. The voice recognition is good and the results are instant.
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 06:44 PM   #18
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Just downloaded the app and it appears to have no sound for me on my iPhone 4
Is this normal, or have I missed a setting?

Also, I've noticed it's probably accurate for people living in America and maybe Canada but when I ask for an auto mechanic (Australia) it gives me a listing for mechanics that are 250km away, unlike Siri.
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 07:00 PM   #19
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Works on my iphone 4. Siri does not. Enough said.

Not enough said, as Siri would work on my iphone 4 but for an Apple marketing decision.
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 06:37 PM   #20
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A lot faster than Siri, and the voice sounds a million times more natural.
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 05:11 PM   #21
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So almost Google Now? So basically, whenever a fandroid says iOS and Siri are inferior and Google Now is so much better, you can remind them that we iOS users now have the best of both worlds.
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 08:03 PM   #22
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So almost Google Now? So basically, whenever a fandroid says iOS and Siri are inferior and Google Now is so much better, you can remind them that we iOS users now have the best of both worlds.
Well Said.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 12:24 AM   #23
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So almost Google Now? So basically, whenever a fandroid says iOS and Siri are inferior and Google Now is so much better, you can remind them that we iOS users now have the best of both worlds.
I think you are clearly unaware of Google Now. This is (voice-enabled) Google search, Google Now is something totally different.

Google Now isn't possible in iOS as Google can never have access to iOS services like it can have it on Android. It's not just a simple app.
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 05:12 PM   #24
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So almost Google Now? So basically, whenever a fandroid says iOS and Siri are inferior and Google Now is so much better, you can remind them that we iOS users now have the best of both worlds.
Google now is the card system, this is simply voice search, google now is what gives you the card based suggestions.
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"Is Google Search better than Siri?"
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