David Pogue, a writer for the NY Times gave us this gem yesterday Siri vs. Android: The Sequel
Where do I begin?
1. Dictation will continuously improve on android because it learns your voice and constantly improves based on your input. That is probably an important point to mention after He says, “Both Android phones and Siri, the iPhone’s speech feature, make many transcription errors.”
He then goes on, “You’re asking your phone to understand varying accents at varying distances from its microphone, in rooms with varying background noise. It’s a wonder this feature works at all.” Interesting statement since that’s exactly why Google let’s you turn voice recognition on.
2.How about this? Pogue says, “Here, Siri has the edge. As you’re driving along, for example, and you hear the incoming message sound, you can say, “Read my new messages,” and Siri reads them aloud.” Again, someone should inform our friend that text message dictation has been around on android before Siri. Of course the uninformed wouldn’t know that when any app (including third party) dictates texts its using the Voice dictation API. So, Android was capable of reading back texts long before siri. Google’s mistake was not giving its voice software any advertising time. Imagine my disdain when Pogue says definitively, “Android can’t do that.” I can’t remember the last time I heard someone say “Android can’t do that,” and they actually knew what they were talking about. Today is not that day.
3. (At this point in the article i’m just upset) This idiot actually writes, “To issue spoken commands, you have to tap the microphone icon on the Google search bar. And it’s only on the home screen or the Google Now screen (swipe up from the bottom). So you can’t speak commands when your phone is locked, or when you’re in another app.” I’m not even going to explain that one. Let’s just say Pogue needs to take an Android class by 44technology.com. Oh and can’t you “swipe up from the bottom” while in another app? Stupid.
4. Our friend Pogue did some movie searches huh? I guess he forgot to actually touch the touch-screen on his phone. Google “movie search” responses are actually interactive letting you scroll through different movies, showtimes, reviews, and locations all on the same page. Lets see how our friend Pogue describes these results. “Android just shows you Google search results.”
This guy should ask someone who knows about specific technology before he writes about specific technology.