While Siri and Google Now have been around for a while now, it’s Google Assistant that has brought virtual engines into the limelight. Google Now, Siri and Cortana were merely search engines while Google Assistant’s AI brings in understanding of context, which changes the game completely.
I’m not really a big Siri fan. To the extent that it isn’t even on on my iPhone 7 Plus but I’m quite surprised by how it fared in the video. Brownlee asks both devices the same questions and both assistants performed well but in contrasting ways, bringing the decision between the two down to personal choice.
Siri concentrated less on spoken replies and more on its cards whereas the Google Assistant speaks more with slightly briefer information on the cards. While the information provided was better and more detailed on Siri’s cards, it defeats the purpose of having an assistant if you have to read so much information.
Google Assistant’s main trump card is its understanding of context. This is the most important feature that distinguished Assistant from Siri. Understanding the context of a question makes it more relevant and conversational, so retrieving the correct information without touching your device becomes very easy.
Even before Google Assistant was around, I’ve always been pro-Google Now. So my choice here is obvious, but watch the video and let us know what you think.