“I use Siri all the time. It’s gotten so that I’m often too lazy to tap or type. I use it for reminders, for alarms, for searches, for reservations, and for a lot more,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore. “If I have an idea and I’m driving and don’t want to forget it, I’ll just say ‘Hey, Siri,’ dictate a note, and touch it up later as needed. And in my experience, John Gruber is spot on.”
I’ve noticed over the past year that Siri is getting faster — both at parsing spoken input and returning results. I use iOS’s voice-to-text dictation feature on a near-daily basis, and it’s especially noticeable there. I’ve been using a Moto X running Android 5.0 the past few weeks, so today I did a side-by-side comparison between Siri and Android’s Google Now, asking both the simple question, ‘What temperature is it outside?’ Both phones were on the same Wi-Fi network. Siri was consistently as fast or faster. I made a video that shows them in pretty much a dead heat. — John Gruber, Daring Fireball
“iOS 8’s streaming speech-to-text is especially notable,” Ritchie writes. “You see it rendering while you’re speaking and what’s more — you see it changing the words it’s already rendered as it gets additional context. Apple’s been investing a lot in voice, and it’s paying off.”
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