Bixby Voice has just hit the market and people have already started the hate train. As much as we would also like to take a ride on that train, at Gadget-Info.comtry we keep calm when we try a new product. easy to hate everything new, but every product, even the bad one, has some positive qualities. Samsung may have failed with its digital assistant in the past (S-Voice), but this in itself does not guarantee the end of the road for Samsung in this category of products. So before our biases make us disable Bixby's voice assistant forever, let's get him into a battle with today's best voice assistants. Who knows, you might be surprised at the results. So, let's test Bixby and find out what comes out on top. Bixby vs Google Assistant vs Siri, let's see which one takes the crown .
Ease of access
One of the major features that interests me when it comes to smart assistants is the ability to access them easily. Although Google Assistant is now present on the iPhone, Siri is easier to access and therefore is used more on iPhones. It doesn't matter how good an assistant is if not easy to reach . Now, both Google Assistant and Siri have a voice command and a long press on the home button to call up their respective assistants. However, Samsung takes a turn by including a dedicated hardware button for its assistant . In addition, you also get the usual voice activation command ( Hi Bixby ). I think Samsung wins here, because a dedicated button to access the smart assistant makes it really simple.
I also like the placement and implementation of the button. The button is located just below the volume rockers and easily accessible with both hands. The implementation is also quite interesting. Awards the button once to open the Bixby page, which is similar to the Google Now page. To talk to Bixby, you'll have to hold the button down a little how to use the walkie-talkie later in the day . It certainly brings back many memories. Although I can use voice control to log into Bixby, I'm finding myself using the button more and more, both for fun and for accessibility . If I wanted to compare the Bixby button experience, the only thing that came to mind was the "click" functionality of S-pen. Not necessarily necessary, but the boy is addictive.
Telephone actions and interactions
Now that we've covered the accessibility part, let's test the assistants directly by asking them to perform the usual functions we expect of them. This section will deal with actions related to user interactions with the phone and apps . Similarly, the following sections will deal with topics such as queries, contextual awareness and so on. So, let's not waste time and let's start with our first section, which is actions and telephone interactions.
Let's start with a simple action that we need to perform quite frequently. We will launch the assistants and ask them to take a screenshot for us.
As you can see, both Bixby and Google Assistant performed the action quite easily . However, in this case I prefer the Google Assistant over Bixby, as the Google Assistant allowed me to edit and share the screenshot as soon as I took it, while Bixby asked me to go to the gallery. Google Assistant has reduced one step for me. Finally, as you can see in the pictures, Siri failed to perform the action .
We check if our assistants can send messages and call on our behalf or not. First, we will try to send a plain text message and then take a notch using a third party application.
1. Send a message to Rupesh.
2. Send a message to Rupesh on WhatsApp.
3. Let's try to call Rupesh now.
As you can see, all three assistants can easily perform these activities . This is a draw.
Install and uninstall apps
One of the most frequent things to do on a smartphone is to install and uninstall apps. Install and uninstall a dozen apps on a weekly basis, some for business purposes, and some because, I'd just like to take a look at the new apps. If you also like to take a look at the new apps, you could also install and uninstall quite a few apps. Let's see if our assistants can help us or not.
1. Let's try installing a well-known app like the Firefox browser.
As you can see, Samsung's Bixby the clear winner here . While Google Assistant did well to give me the link for the Firefox Browser app, two more touches were needed to install the app. Siri came second with the direct launch of the App Store . However, Bixby beat them both, not only because he launched the Play Store to open the app, but it even started downloading and installing the app on my device, without further assistance.
2. Now let's try to uninstall the same app that we downloaded right now.
Hmm, strange. The assistant who was supposed to lose is doing quite well here. While the Assistant Google has just shown a Mozilla support web page with instructions for the uninstall procedure, Siri said no to me . However, Bixby did what she was asked for and uninstalled the app. The only thing he needed was my confirmation first, so I proceeded with the process of uninstalling the app. Bixby also wins this round .
Interact with notifications
Notifications are something that each of us faces several times a day. How nice it would be if we could take care of them without touching our phone. Let's see if our smart assistants can help us with this. We will start with something as simple as asking voice assistants to show us our notifications.
1. Show notifications
As you can see in the figure above, the Google Assistant unable to show me my notifications, while Siri can show the number of notifications but not the notifications themselves. However, one point to mention here is that Siri recites the notifications instead of showing them. Again, Bixby wins here while perfectly lowering the notification tone .
2. Now let's try to clear all the notifications.
Following the trend, Google Assistant and Siri failed while Bixby easily performed actions. A nice thing about Bixby that you can even remove individual notifications . D only "Clear notification from 'app name'" and Bixby remove the notification from that app. Now, fantastic.
Access to settings
This is one of my most used assistant commands. I hate to open the settings, search for the specific one I'm looking for and then perform any action I want to perform. Instead, I ask my voice assistant to do it for me. Now let's see which of them can take the crown here. First, we will simply try a very common task.
1. Turn on Bluetooth.
As you can see, everyone did very well . Now let's try something a little more difficult.
2. Activate night mode.
I expected Bixby to win here, but I stayed rather surprised to see Siri handle the request so well . Google Assistant could not do this . I've also tried multiple keyword combinations with the Google Assistant, but none of them worked. As above, all assistants have been tested with multiple settings questions. The results turned out to be the same. While all of them could perform regular tasks (WiFi, Bluetooth), Google Assistant didn't work with more complex ones . Bixby and Siri could do almost everything correctly.
Starting and interacting with apps
Now, let's have a look at the system-level interaction of our assistants, let's see if they can help us in using third-party apps or not. To get started simply, we will ask them to start an application.
1. Let's try launching the YouTube app.
All three assistants launched the YouTube app without any problems. Now let's try something a little more complex. We will try to start an application and make it do something.
2. Launch the YouTube app and search for "discovery" .
Bixby also takes the crown here . It can easily launch apps and perform activities within it. For example, you can start a browser and tell it to visit a website, you can start Facebook and see your notifications directly and much more. In the previous test, the Google Assistant was also successful, but on the second attempt . I needed to change the keywords to make it work. However, Siri was unable to perform the action even after trying different keywords .
Creating calendar entries
This is one of the most common actions that any voice assistant should be able to perform easily. From our previous comparisons, we know that both Google Assistant and Siri can easily perform this function, so it remains only to be seen whether Bixby can do it or not.
As we can see in the figure above, Bixby can also easily create calendar entries without any hassle .
Set up reminders, alarms and countdown timers
We will end this section by asking our assistants to perform some basic tasks like creating reminders, alarms, countdown timers .
All three smart assistants were able to perform these activities with ease . However, considering all the above actions, we can definitely say that Bixby is much better at controlling your phone than Google Assistant and Siri . In fact, Bixby allows you to do practically everything with your voice that you can do with touch. Both Google Assistant and Siri can perform basic actions, but they can't do anything more complex and involve more than two steps. Bixby the clear winner here .
In this section, we will only ask a few usual questions from our assistants. Our main goal is to find out how they behave under normal conditions . This will provide us with a starting point to work on and therefore we will move on to more complex and contextual questions in the next section.
1. How's the weather?
As expected, all three assistants could easily answer this question.
2. How about tomorrow?
This question was also handled fairly well by all three assistants.
3. How about two months later?
Bixby has given up on this . He is showing me web links to some random pages. Even Google Assistant can't show the time so far away, but he was smart enough to give me website links that can show me the requested data . Siri handled it quite intelligently, as she informed me that she can't show me the weather pattern for such a distant date and gave me the forecast for the next 1st days. I think I prefer Siri here .
4. When will the next Real Madrid match?
When it comes to sports-related questions, Bixby is pretty ugly, to say the least. Instead of showing me the next Real Madrid game, he showed me the links of the websites that contain the information. The Google Assistant was quick to show me the next game. However, Siri takes the cake here not only showing the next appointment, but also all future Real Madrid appointments .
5. Show me the ranking of La Liga.
Even after asking the same question with a ton of different keywords, Bixby had no idea what I was asking for . Whenever you open a random web search or a random settings page. Both Siri and Google Assistant were quick and smart to respond to my question in one attempt. Needless to say, when it comes to questions, Bixby isn't at all close to Google Assistant and Siri. When it comes to sports, Siri is the best . However, in all other queries, Google Assistant is slightly faster and more accurate.
Now this will be a real test for assistants, as in this section we will test the conversation skills and contextual awareness of our assistants. An assistant can become truly helpful if he acts more like a human being than an AI. Having contextual awareness plays an important role in this. So let's try them.
1. Who won the 2016 Wimbledon?
I was hoping that all three assistants would be able to handle such a simple question. But unfortunately, only the Google Assistant could answer this question . Now, since I wanted to check the contextual awareness of smart assistants, I am ready to give them one more chance. That's why I asked Siri and Bixby a simple question.
1.a Who Andy Murray?
As you can see, Siri got it right, but Bixby is showing his love for web pages again. I asked these questions why I wanted both Siri and Bixby to have a context for questions I would ask later. But it seems, Bixby lost even before the start of the race . Let's see if Siri can keep up (now that she knows the context).
2. How old is he?
As expected, Bixby has failed spectacularly. However, I was surprised to see Siri getting the right answer . Let's move on to the next question.
3. Where does it come from?
Again, Siri got it right. It seems that Siri will give tough competition to the Google Assistant here. Okay, continuing with the next question.
4. Where did you study?
It seems that Bixby has completely lost it, now it only shows random pages. Siri arrived at the end of his intelligence at this stage . We continue the test with the Google Assistant to see if it can handle other questions.
5. Who is your wife?
Again, the Google Assistant got it right . Let's end this with one last question.
6. What does she do?
Now, awesome. Stunning Google Assistant contextual awareness . Remember that we didn't even start with a simple question, but a question to which both Bixby and Siri failed. Answer five other questions based on the context of that really impressive initial question. Bixby failed on first question in s. Siri came to the third question after giving her a context. But, I should say it, and this endeavor has had multiple attempts to achieve . There is no doubt here, Google Assistant the clear winner.
Personality and oddities
Personalities and oddities are those aspects of virtual assistants that are not given much importance. because they have nothing to do with their functionality. However, they add a human element to the equation, which as I said before, necessary to make our virtual assistants more accessible. Now these things are also subjective. So, you and I may prefer different intelligent assistants depending on what we prefer. That said, let's take a look at the personality and peculiarities of our smart assistants.
1. Tell me a joke. Let's start by asking them to tell us a joke.
As you can see, everyone can tell you jokes. However, Siri just tries to be a little cheeky and her responses repeat themselves after 3 or 4 attempts . Bixby better than Siri and his jokes don't repeat frequently. However, Google Assistant the best as it dir unlimited one-liners, many of which will make you smile.
2. Sing a song.
Now, let's see how good the sung voice of our assistants is.
Siri acts like she is angry. He completely denied my request, while Bixby said he can rap . We will test his rapping skills. Google Assistant sang small songs in a rather natural sounding audio. I'm impressed.
3. Rap ??for me.
As Bixby said he could rap, let's see their rapping skills.
If it had been a real rap battle, the crowd would have gone crazy over Bixby's rap skills. Bixby is dropping some crazy rhymes . Siri comes later, while the Google Assistant didn't rap and just recited a poem for me .
I hope you get what I was trying to do here. I asked them many more questions and heard that Google Assistant has a much better personality than the combined one between Siri and Bixby. However, your opinion may be different. For me, Google Assistant the clear winner here, but still, Bixby can rap like crazy .
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Bixby vs Google Assistant vs Siri: And the winner?
It was a tough fight, and for the first time, Google Assistant isn't the clear winner here. Bixby beats both Siri and Google Assistant when it comes to controlling your smartphone. There is no action that Bixby cannot perform. However, when it comes to usual questions, Bixby bites the dust. Both Google Assistant and Siri have been fantastic here. But, when the time comes for the real test (contextual awareness), only the Google Assistant could stand tall. Siri improved a little bit, yet, Google Assistant the one to beat here.
The personality of Google Assistant is even richer than the other two. To summarize, if you want to control your device, Bixby the way to go. However, if you want to extract information from the web, Google Assistant is still the king. Siri shines here and there but still needs a lot of improvement. In an ideal world, the best assistant will have the combined power of Bixby and Google Assistant. Until then, your favorite assistant depends on your use. As far as I'm concerned, still Google Assistant, but impressive to see Bixby (who was declared dead on arrival) so well in our test.