So there you have it. As of October 4, Google Now has a clear lead in terms of the sheer volume of queries addressed, and more complete accuracy with its queries than either Siri or Cortana. All three parties will keep investing in this type of technology, but the cold hard facts are that Google is progressing the fastest on all fronts.
Not surprising, really, considering Google’s huge information lead. Still, I have yet to find much use for these personal assistants – I essentially only use Google Now to set alarms and do simple Google queries, but even then only the English ones that do not contain complicated names.
I personally would totally love being able to use a voice assistant while driving, especially so if I could combine it with Sygic GPS; it’d be great to be able to tell commands to Sygic or an address I’d like to navigate, or similarly, I’d love to be able to make phone-calls or send messages just by speaking. Alas, as things stand I have to stop the car somewhere to do any of that and that’s.. well, inefficient. (I refuse to do any of that in a moving car while behind the wheel, I have no interest in putting pedestrians or other drivers in danger.)
The thing is, all these damn voice-assistants I’ve tried either assume that I only want to use the same company’s apps, like e.g. Google Maps whereas I prefer Sygic, or they don’t do Finnish :/
Android=more users=more queries for Google Now=big deal. Just another attempt to start another Apple-Microsoft-Google argument, but I’m tired of those. All three of these “assistants” are pretty darn good at what they do, but they all have work to do and much improvement is needed to make them truly useful. Until then, I really don’t care how many people use them, I am more concerned with what Apple, Google, and Microsoft are doing to make them more useful, but that isn’t sexy and doesn’t generate page views.