There has been a lot of discussion on our site about Siri, Iris and even Google’s upcoming Majel, but how does Android’s current version of voice recognition software stack up against the competition? Motorola seems to think that Google Voice Actions is already better than Apple’s Siri and has a few videos to prove it.
The video below goes through a series of voice commends with an iPhone 4S and the Motorola Electrify. Even though Siri might have a bit of an advantage in recognizing conversational language, Google Voice Actions comes out on top when asked to send text messages, find driving directions and load a web page.
We’re sure the folks over at Apple are not going to be impressed with Motorola’s videos, but the reality is that Google Voice Actions works really well and is available on all Android phones running Android 2.1 or higher. The only real issue with the service is that most Android users are not aware that it even exists. It’s a little ironic that Google (an advertising company) has such a hard time telling its consumers about Android features which are hidden in plain sight.
Google Voice Actions may be fast at sending out a text message or getting you from point A to point B, but we do enjoy the ‘human’ or ‘natural’ input that Siri provides. Would you use Voice Actions more if it was more conversational or was able to answer random questions like Siri does?