Siri vs. Google Now

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  1. dba415 macrumors 6502

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    I am watching the new Nexus commercial featuring Google Now and seems to be Siri doesn't have anything close to this functionality. Being able to automatically display "cards" relevant to you based upon where you are is sick!
     
  2. araje macrumors regular

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    Yes I have seen google now functionality in S3. It is light years ahead of Siri. Here you don't even have to speak. It all happens automatically.
     
  3. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    Siri has better natural voice recognition, but Google Now is a better "assistant", in my opinion, in that it does more for you without having to ask.
     
  4. powerwagon macrumors member

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    The Google Now voice is also much more natural sounding...not so robotic.
     
  5. F123D macrumors 68040

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    I order stuff from Amazon all the time and love how after an item is shipped, a card automatically pops up with tracking information. Very convenient.
     
  6. AFDoc macrumors 68030

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    What? Amazing!! You don't even have to say anything and it knows what you want? Man, gonna go get my s3 now!
     
  7. Dolorian macrumors 65816

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    Indeed that's one of my favorite features. Also how you can quickly open the site of the courier to see the tracking history.
     
  8. matttye macrumors 601

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    Has that been there from the start? Don't remember that feature on my S3! Unless it's not available in the UK.

    Sounds good :)
     
  9. RetepNamenots macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic or not, so anyway..

    My Nexus 4 lockscreen is currently giving me the local weather forecast, the scorecard from my team's game yesterday, and it's found some recipes for dinner because I was searching Google for some yesterday.

    Tomorrow morning before I leave for work it'll give me the latest travel updates and advise me whether I need to leave a bit earlier.
     
  10. matttye macrumors 601

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    All sounds good in theory, but how does it actually work?

    The travel updates never advised me to leave early and I was late a few times :p
     
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Both of these things and they work without me having to do anything. Scheduling appointments is way faster too and Google now actually understands me.
     
  12. AFDoc macrumors 68030

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    Of course I'm being sarcastic.... How can it tell me what I want to know without talking to it?

    Basically you talked to it in some way so it knows these things either by voice, calendar, ect yes? Then it "remembers" where you're going, what team you like, ect ect. Sounds pretty kick butt.
     
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    It knows your team based on say a scorecenter app, your work based on where you drive to Monday - Friday, it pulls shipping info straight from your email without you doing anything. Also, if you are looking up things on Google it will give you directions in the cards area without you asking for them.
     
  14. AFDoc macrumors 68030

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    Does sound really kick azz BUT makes me think this isn't very far off!
     

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  15. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    Personally...I prefer Siri. I like being able to say "remind me to...." and it adds an entry to my Reminders app. Same functionality with calendars and SMS/iMessage. To me that is very useful.

    On the Google Now side...I find it kinda creepy. I don't really want a company using my web searches, email info and location data to compile a profile on me. Some may be fine with that...I'm not one if them. At least not with Google.
     
  16. daveathall macrumors 68000

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    I too have never seen this work, I did not have my Amazon linked to my G Mail address though, I have switched and will see if that works.

    The football scores never showed for me either, or maybe, it just didnt like Leeds United. :eek::)
     
  17. kevinof macrumors 6502a

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    Google now does that too - "send text message to ..." , "remind me tomorrow at 9am ..." , "Call fred" etc

    Google, Apple, Microsoft all track where you are , where you go and what you search for.

     
  18. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    Apple doesn't sell that data though. To me...that's the difference.
     
  19. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Exactly. The early builds did not do this, but now it does it and does it well.
     
  20. kevinof macrumors 6502a

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    Neither does Google. What they do is target ads based on what you do. That's not selling your data - its tailoring the ads based on your lifestyle. Big difference.

     
  21. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    You're talking semantics now. Google builds a profile on you for the sole purpose of selling "you" to advertisers. They obviously don't get to buy John Smith (at this time), but they are still buying you when they purchase ads targeting a block of 18-24 males who live in random city.
     
  22. matttye macrumors 601

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think advertisers actually get to look at the data. Don't they just provide the ads to Google and then Google does the targeting based on what it knows about you?

    Seems okay to me :)
     
  23. viskon macrumors 6502

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    Shows football scores for me :)
     

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  24. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    Yep..that's what goes on. And it definitely a "to each his own" kind of thing. For you it's no big deal, for me it kind of is. I just don't like a company that stores as much data on you as humanly possible, whose stated goal is to get up to the creepy line without jumping over, and who has had several privacy blunders in the pass storing info on me and selling it in data pools.

    The potentially more problematic part becomes when Google eventually suffers a massive security breach (and you know it will eventually happen) and profile data is lifted and posted on the web somewhere a la Wiki Leaks.
     
  25. matttye macrumors 601

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    I understand why people would be concerned about it, but Google is transparent about what it does (albeit in lengthy terms and conditions).

    If Google tried to hide it in any way I would be more concerned.
     

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