Apple Siri Versus Google Jelly Bean: Voice Search Showdown

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Which one listens to you and delivers information better: Google’s Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus or Apple’s iOS Siri voice search? We put them to the test.

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. You can now ask your Android phone questions in a natural way–meaning you no longer have to sound like a robot to get answers.

We wondered which service is better at answering questions: Android’s Voice Search or Apple’s much-touted Siri. To test the services, we assembled a list of 17 questions or commands, and asked them of a Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean and an iPhone 4S running iOS 5.

A quick disclaimer: Apple has greatly improved Siri in iOS 6, but we weren’t able to get our hands on the beta to test it. And the version of Jelly Bean we received from the Google I/O developer conference was not the final version, which will come to phones in mid-July.

Our results? Siri and the new voice recognition software in Jelly Bean each have their fair share of pros and cons. In the end, Android came out ahead on 8 of the 17 questions and commands we posed.

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