So Who Wins?
The voice tools on Android and iPhone are pretty close throughout this competition, with Windows Phone bringing up the rear with an encouraging third place.
Ultimately, however, the winner at this stage has to be Siri, due not to the fact that it is slightly more feature-packed than the Android and Windows Phone challengers, but because it can be trained. This doesn’t happen with the other platforms – if your command is misinterpreted, you have to learn to speak in a particular way in order for the tool to recognize your accent or pronunciation.
As Siri can effectively be trained, therefore, he or she (depending on your preference) can therefore be declared the winner, simply by fact of the software’s ability to enhance hands-free communication, voice search and voice-activated apps on the iPhone 4S.
However, this fight is a long way from being over. Remember that Microsoft introduced their voice command software with little fanfare and have a good background in this field. Google won’t be happy at being trumped by Siri just days before launching their new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, either.
This one looks likely to run for quite some time…
(…oh, and Siri is also much more polite than Voice Actions for Android and Microsoft’s Tellme speech tools.)