If in recent years, Google Assistant has stood out from other digital assistants, such as Siri or Amazon Alexa, is Google’s product still number one today? According to an interesting test carried out by the youtuber MKBHD, this is still the case. In 2017, he had already published a video with a series of tests to conclude that Google Assistant is the best digital assistant for smartphones.
Google Assistant, still the best
To assess the performance of Google Assistant, Siri, Amazon Alexa and Bixby, MKBHD tested a series of queries on smartphones using these digital assistants, on the same Wifi connection. In the first round of evaluations, the youtuber tested the three queries that he thinks are the most common: ask the weather, ask for a timer and ask for facts (ask the assistant for information that is available on the net ).
All assistants pass the weather test without issue, and are all responsive. Regarding the timer, a shortcoming of Siri is revealed in the video. On an iPhone, you can’t ask the assistant to activate multiple timers at the same time. If a timer is active and you request another one, Apple will ask you whether to replace the active one. For factual questions, Siri and Google Assistants were the fastest. On the other hand, for the answers, there was no real winner. On easy-to-answer questions, like the size of the Taj Mahal, all the helpers do well.
On the other hand, on the device control tests, Google Assistant and Bixby, on Samsung smartphones, do better. For example, if you ask the assistant to take a selfie, Siri and Amazon Alexa just open the camera. Google Assistant and Bixby, meanwhile, open the camera, activate the front camera, then activate the timer to take a selfie. Similarly, if you ask the assistant to launch Squid Game on Netflix, Google Assistant and Bixby will launch a video playback, unlike Siri and Alexa, which will only launch Netflix. And when asked to start the tape recorder, Google and Samsung assistants also stand out by starting the recording directly. And in this area, Alexa is the worst student, since it is not integrated into any smartphone.
Another series of tests carried out by MKBHD consisted in evaluating the “conversationalism” on the 4 assistants. In his video, the youtuber first asks who the Phoenix Sons coach is, then goes on to ask his height, followed by other questions related to the previous ones. And in this game, according to the youtubeur, Google Assistant eclipses the competition. Additionally, on a photo search, Google Assistant was able to distinguish between “dog photos” (search the internet) and “my dog photos” (search the company’s photo album). user on Google Photos).
Bixby vs. Siri
MKBHD’s conclusion is that Google Assistant is still the best digital assistant, especially if you’re using a Pixel smartphone, since you’ll be entitled to a few extra features. The youtubeur also indicates that among the 4 assistants he tested, Amazon is the worst, on a smartphone. On the other hand, this assistant may be suitable for you if you are on an Amazon ecosystem.
Between Bixby and Siri, from Samsung and Apple, it is more difficult to decide. Although not always talked about, Bixby is a powerful assistant today and thanks to its integration with Samsung smartphones, it has quite a few practical features that save time. But of course, if you use Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem for your connected home, you Siri will be the best option for home automation.