Google Android now has a robust voice recognition system called Jelly Bean, which is displayed here in a competition with Apple’s Siri. Both of the versions demonstrated here are in beta, but are nearing deployment. Google’s Knowledge Graph shows its pedigree in search, which is actually a strength.

Over the past year, I’ve become more dependent on Siri’s voice commands than I thought I’d ever be. As both major platforms — iOS and Android — become better at voice, the customers will be the major beneficiaries.

(Hat tip to DS for getting me on the scent.)

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.


2 Thoughts on "Siri vs. Jelly Bean — The Voice Recognition Era Gets Competitive"

Are there good numbers available for Siri usage? In my limited sampling of iPhone owners, I observe very high usage up until 24 hr after purchase and negligible use thereafter…

What is amazing is not the voice recognition, but the question processing. I had no idea that question answering had come this far, assuming these are normal questions. I would ask it how tall some other people were, besides today’s atheletes, say Bill Gates and Julius Cesear. Then I would ask it some science questions. This could revolutionize literature discovery. Gotta get one.

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