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

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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 SiriGoogle NowMicrosoft’s Cortana

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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