Members of the technorati elite politburo would tell you that Amazon’s Alexa is tops. Nope. Not even close. In tests of such talking speakers, Google’s oddly named an inhuman-like Assistant is tops with intelligence. Alexa isn’t even a close second. What about Siri?
Dumber And Dumber
Step by step over the past year or so Apple has stepped up Siri’s game. While Siri gets used more by Apple’s customers, she still comes in dead last in most comparisons of intelligence to Assistant and Alexa.
Guess what? Siris isn’t the dumbest of the lot.
Enter Samsung’s Bixby, the talking voice in Samsung’s Galaxy Home speaker system.
Good design is a terrible thing to waste. Amazon’s early Echo entries looked more like tech gadgets that were accidentally left on a table. Google upped the game a bit with Google Home because it looks more like a modern speaker.
Kudos to Apple for not following the trend but recognizing that people want more from a talking speaker than, well, speaking, and HomePod is the first such device that focused solely on sound; with talking a poor second. That was then and this is now. Siri is better on HomePod and the devices sound appears unrivaled.
So, what did one of Apple’s biggest rivals to?
Samsung introduced the Galaxy Home device, a tripod cauldron-like device with Samsung’s own talking creature built in. Enter Bixby. Again. Don’t worry about comparisons. Samsung hasn’t released the cauldron-like Home into the market for sound comparisons, but Bixby still resides on Samsung smartphones, most comparisons leave Siri ahead and Bixby behind. Cherlynn Low agrees. Bixby has been on the market a couple of years already.
It’s been two years since Samsung first launched the assistant on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and it doesn’t appear to have made many meaningful improvements — not enough to convince me that Bixby can effectively underpin a smart speaker, anyway. Samsung has a lot of work to do before it should even think about launching the Galaxy Home this year.
‘Nuff said. Thankfully for Apple, there’s technology dumber than Siri. Somehow it just seems right that it comes from Samsung; a company which insists on copying Apple wherever it can.