For those of you who are fed up with Siri’s lack of understanding you when ask to do a search, then the Google Voice Search app may be just what you need. When you ask Google Voice Search where the nearest taco shops around you are, unlike Siri, which will likely come back with a list of the nearest tackle shops, the Google Voice Search app will deliver your request with consistent precision.
And it is *so* much faster than Siri!
The reason that Google Voice Search’s voice recognition is superior to Siri’s is because Google Voice Search performs the query on the client-side , meaning it starts the search directly from your phone. Siri, on the other hand, performs the query on the server-side. The difference is quite simple: Google’s software processes what you are saying on you actual device, while Siri sends what you say to a remote server, which then processes the request and sends the results back. This works well because the more Siri is used, the smarter the system becomes.
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This, incidentally, is the logic that Apple is using to (hopefully) get their new Apple Maps feature, native to iOS6 after they gave Google Maps the boot, to be more user-friendly and, well, usable.
Unfortunately, this process also results in the entire transaction taking longer. In the time it took Siri to finally get your request correct, you could have probably just opened a web browser on your device and found what you are looking for by yourself. With the Google Voice Search app, you get instant results. Not only that, but the user interface (UI) is gorgeous.
Of course, the other features for which Siri is known, such as the ability to set reminders and alarms, make appointments, and open apps for you, is off course not included with Google Voice Search. For those who rely on those functions, that may be enough to stick with Siri for the time being. But for those who don’t use Siri at all, or are just fed up with it, Google Voice Search is an excellent alternative.
For those who rely on those features, you will still need to use Siri for them. But for searching the web, Google Voice Search is an excellent alternative to Siri.
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