One year ago, Android released Voice Actions, Androids own voice service. At a quick glance, Google’s Voice Actions and Apple’s Siri appear similar. And in many ways, they are. Here’s a list of things you can do in Voice Actions:
- Creation of text messages and emails.
- Get navigation directions.
- Call a contact.
- View a map of a particular area.
- Write a note.
- Play music.
- Perform a web search.
Google’s Voice Actions includes features Siri currently cannot do. For example the ability to call a business just by saying its name and location.
Here’s a demonstration of Google’s Voice Actions:
The main difference between Google’s Voice Actions and Siri lies in Siri’s ability to understand natural language. While you had to say the exact sets of commands in order for Google’ Voice Actions to function, Siri can understand a variety of different expressions.
Another important point is Siri’s personality. Siri is much more entertaining to use because you sometimes get witty replies. Even though this doesn’t help the productivity, it’s still fun and entertaining, and therefore a lot more interesting to use.
In addition to Google’s Voice Actions, there are a lot of third-party products available in the Android Market, like “Iris”, a Siri-like clone for Android.