Siri was hailed as a innovation when unveiled with the iPhone 4S. But do iPhone owners still talk to her?
In a column for yesterday's New York Times, writer Nick Bilton said he believes the romance may have soured between Siri and her users.
Initially enthused about the new voice assistant, Bilton found that too many of his conversations ended up in a failure to communicate, with Siri either unavailable or unable to provide the right information. And he doesn't seem to be the only one having communication problems with Siri.
Bilton also noted that many people he spoke to have turned Siri off and instead use the iPhone's own voice dictation system (the microphone that appears at the bottom of the keyboard) because it seems more reliable.
The Times column also pointed to a recent test run by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. The analyst gave Siri a grade of D at correctly understanding spoken queries. That compared with a B given to Google's comprehension of typed queries.
Though comparing spoken requests with typed requests doesn't sound fair, Munster said Siri has to match or surpass Go... [Read more]