In a comparison, how do we know if one of the options humiliates the other, this is probably the question you should answer before someone claims that Google Assistant humiliates Siri .
The term humiliation is very broad, according to the RAE (Royal Spanish Academy), to humiliate is to bring down someone’s pride and arrogance, that is, to hurt someone’s self-esteem or dignity. Assuming that both Siri and Google Assistant are “machines” or rather, part of the development of a machine I doubt that any of the assistants can humiliate the other (or vice versa).
The evolution of operating systems
I’m a lover of Apple’s virtual assistant, you may have noticed this in the interview we did with him on our site. That’s why there are some peculiar comparisons that I can’t quite understand between Siri and Google Assistant (especially when the word humiliate comes into the sum of both assistants).
Siri will integrate better with many applications of our devices.
The comparisons (always in English of course) are in many cases obnoxious. What for one person may be black for another may be grey, total, everyone sees what they think is right (I guess). Both Siri and Google Assistant seek to give a “plus” to the operating system they belong to. Both can answer certain questions with more or less success, both can search your reel for photos or videos of a particular date or place (yes, with Siri it is also possible if the assistant and the device are in the same language) and both are able to answer how old is the president of Spain without fail to tell you the name of the character in question (with iOS 11 and Android O).
Siri in iOS 11 is an assistant with many interesting new features, not only limited to a voiceover (which, by the way, feels great when we talk to the assistant). Apple has introduced interesting new features such as a new graphical interface (of which very little is spoken), different results for the same term or the possibility to do translations into different languages (in beta phase, for the time being).
One might think that up to this point, these have been the most important new features of Siri with iOS 11 but nothing could be further from the truth. The Siri API in iOS 11 is increasing and developers have a more open assistant than last year , sending a message via Telegram or WhastApp is possible with Siri instead with Google Assistant… although it is true that Google Assistante introduced this possibility in the past Google IO, the number of possibilities with the Google API is very limited in Android O.
Siri news at WWDC 2017
However, this is not the only evolution of our Siri, that the Apple assistant can distinguish between different voices, understand the context of situations (Google Assistant does too but in a more limited way) and that it is able to anticipate our needs are other favorable points that Google Assistant only knows how to apply in its written version within Google Allo.
Siri instead does it all over the system. Suggesting applications, exit warnings or suggesting words to use at certain times of the day depending on the time or geographical location we are in is perhaps the least talked about part of Siri but it is in all our iOS devices and macOS. Without forgetting that the same assistant you use in High Sierra macOS is the same one that knows you in your devices with iOS 11 .
Competition between Google Assistant and Siri favors the end user
It is true that Siri is not perfect, actions such as reminding you of a color and having the wizard memorize it instead of creating a reminder are not yet available on Siri. Neither is the possibility of using the assistant in offline mode (although I think this is not especially important for users), I know I can get a lot of criticism for not giving the importance to this function, please do not misunderstand me.
This is what Google Assistant looks like on an Android device
There are more or less useful functions in both operating systems, functions that one person can use more than another but, the most important thing in a comparison between assistants should be the ability to understand you.
If Google Assistant doesn’t learn (quickly) more languages, it will be left in the dust. Siri is already available in 36 different languages , it’s true that it took Apple some time too but it’s starting to worry about the low performance in this section by the competition. It doesn’t help that Google Assistant is not available in more than five different languages but it does help that it can open applications in offline mode.
It’s true that the time will come when Google Assistant (and the rest of the competition like Bixby or Alexa) will learn more languages but, it’s no use having more features than Siri if you don’t learn languages. The Google Assistant is in beta phase in Spanish through Google Allo but in a limited way and not through voice command (without speaking that in Spanish it doesn’t have all the functionalities that it does have in English).
During the next Google IO we could meet Google Assistant for iOS
Perhaps, Apple’s merit is that it has been able to incorporate functions that the competition has been presenting at the same time while opening its own API for developers and expanding its assistant to more people in the world. I am sure that a Finn would rather be able to send a WhatsApp message through his iPhone than be able to open WhatsApp in offline mode with the Google wizard. I understand that’s my opinion, but I think that while Google seems to be making great strides in its assistant, these improvements are only limited to its English version, giving a false sense of the real scope.
Many will say that these functions that today are limited to Google Assistant in English will end up arriving in Spanish, Chinese or Finnish, I am convinced, but I am afraid that these new features will be arriving at a drop of a hat and not in the same way that Apple is being able to evolve its assistant , that is, increasing the number of languages while expanding the functions of the assistant in all the available languages. For that reason, I don’t like to say that Google Assitant humiliates Siri, basically because the verb humiliate is not yet available for the latest Google voice assistant, so she wouldn’t be able to understand me.