General Siri vs Google Now

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by pod5g, May 26, 2013.

  1. pod5g macrumors regular

    May 15, 2013
    Siri vs Google Now

    Siri system requirements- iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G, iPad (3rd generation)- iOS 6 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini

    Google Now system requirements-
    Android - OS 4.1 (Jellybean) or later
    iOS- iOS 5 or later (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 3G, iPod touch 4G, iPod touch 5G, all iPads

    Pros of Siri over Google Now-
    iOS integration
    Great productivity (reminders, appointments, etc. )

    Pros of Google Now over Siri-
    Android integration, available on iOS too
    Knows what the user needs without the user asking, less effort on the user's part
    Faster and better at finding information
    Better speech recognition
    Displays words as they are spoken
    Oldest compatible device (iOS) 4 years old, 2 years older than the oldest Siri compatible device

    Siri score- 8.5/10
    Google Now score- 9/10

    Google Now is the better voice assistant, at least in my opinion.
  2. ParagJain macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2011
    And google's services are lot faster and more accurate than Siri for countries outside USA, UK ..

    In India, siri honestly is useless except asking to read messages when driving, reply/compose sms and yes, asking "Will I need a umbrella tonight"

    Funny thing, before siri, iphone had voice controls that allowed to select address book contacts and make calls or play songs/albums..

    even that got slower with siri and doesn't work if data network is not available.
  3. pod5g thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2013
    Go to Settings > General > Siri and turn it off. Holding down the home button should bring up Voice Control now, which will allow you to make calls, play songs, etc. without an Internet connection.
  4. beaniemyman macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2013
    yep, google now is way better at finding info from the web, great voice assisstant.
    but google now is causing battery drainage on many iphones (including mine).
  5. Troneas macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.

    it has an appetite for location services.
  6. Todd B. macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2013
    Meh, Google Now is a novelty. It was cute for about an hour but then I haven't opened it since.

    The voice search is terrible too; I spent a good five minutes trying to use it and having it come back completely wrong every time.

    Google Now is also useless if you're smart enough to not use a Google account.
  7. Anthonyjoel macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2013
    I much rather Siri. It's better at recognizing requests to send SMS and reminders. Also it understands requests in simple everyday language better than Google Now IMO. Bonus points for wittyness.
  8. AppleCruncher macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2013
    This....what a PITA. Some commands should be local and fast. Simple things like call home or call my wife should not need a data connection.

    Location based reminders is awesome though. Google Now needs to step it up on that.

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