Which is the best voice assistant?
Microsoft unveiled Cortana, its own rival to Apple’s Siri, at Build 2014 yesterday.
The virtual personal assistant’s name may be familiar to the gamers among you – she is based on the AI that helps navigate the main character through the series of Halo games.
Fittingly then, the version of Cortana that’s made it into Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system is represented by a halo.
She replaces the search function on the OS, and actually speaks to you, which means Microsoft’s finally gotten around to introducing its own rival to Apple’s popular Siri, which dates back to 2011 with the release of the iPhone 4S.
Google Now, the search engine giant’s own Android voice assistant, is pretty clever too. It’s able to preempt your enquiries based on information you allow it to collect on you.
All are likely to benefit from extra attention after the iconic AI operating system Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johannson) that featured in Spike Jonze’s film Her, but they’re years away from being as intelligent.
However, they’re not bad – let’s see just how well all three compare.