Who needs Siri when you can voice search the Web with Google?
While Google added speech recognition technology to its Android search app a few weeks ago, the search engine giant just announced that it is updating its search apps for the iPhone and iPad to also feature enhanced voice-powered search.
To leverage this feature, users simply need to tap the microphone icon and ask their phone a question. According to the Official Google Blog, users can voice search for anything – from asking about celebrity facts to discovering which movies are playing this upcoming weekend. Additionally, when Google finds a direct answer to a question, the user will receive a verbal response back from the app.
It will be interesting to see how this new feature will affect peoples’ usage of Siri, especially since Google’s voice recognition technology is expected to be better at providing users with the correct answers to their queries. However, Siri is still more convenient to use since the technology can be activated by simply holding down the mobile device’s home button.
That being said, only time will tell which virtual personal assistant will come out on top.