By Stephen Schenck | October 31, 2012 6:36 PM
While hardly the most serious use of the technology, one thing that users of apps like Siri or Google Now have loved experimenting with has been asking these services some potentially loaded questions and seeing what they have to say. When you ask Siri “what’s the best smartphone”, you’d expect it to say the iPhone, or otherwise play up Apple’s strengths. Instead, Siri would query its database for an answer and could come up with some user reviews that placed an Android handset on top, quickly becoming serious fanboy ammo. As such, some users have been playing around with the new Google Search iOS app with voice input to see just how it would fare in a similar situation. It turns out that Google seems to have readied itself for such a test, returning some remarkably level-headed advice.
Asking the iOS Google Search for its opinion on the best smartphone does return some search results for user reviews and comparisons, but the app’s audio response is nothing but democratic, suggesting that different phones are better for different people, and there’s no right answer that’s going to be the same for everyone.
That response is right on the money, but it’s still pleasantly surprising to hear coming from a company so heavily invested in the smartphone game.