Apple’s Siri Tops Google Now, Cortana When Recognizing Foreign Languages


When it comes to the world of speech recognition technologies there are three main competitors in the market: Apple’s Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft’s Cortana.

The folks at VentureBeat have challenged all three voice assistants to see which company makes the best voice recognition technology for foreign languages. The test includes 18 different questions which were asked in five different languages (English, Italian, French, German, and Mandarin).


Each question was worth a possible score of 1.0 (answered the question correctly), 0.5 (gave an answer that was not as straightforward), or 0 (failed to understand the question). Here is a table of all scores (out of 18) for each voice assistant:

Apple’s Siri Google Now Microsoft’s Cortana
English 14.5 11.5 12.5
French 14.5 8.5 6
Italian 12.5 10 7
German 12.5 10 7.5
Mandarin 13.5 1.5 5

Overall, Apple’s Siri won this battle with 76 percent accuracy across all languages. Google Now came in second place with 46 percent and Microsoft’s Cortana came in third with 42 percent accuracy.

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  • mozbius

    No wonder Nuance is behind Siri’s voice recognition capabilities.

  • Tim

    That’s about the only thing it does better than Cortana and Google Now. I wish they’d improve this faster.

  • SidMon

    And if Apple was not #1 in this category this article would have never been posted. Flipboard is pro Apple.