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Siri, Alexa, Cortana & Google Voice, Which Is the DUMBEST Voice Assistant?

March 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Opinion, Tech/Internet, Weekly Columns

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( Choosing an AI assistant means that you are probably making this choice based on the apps and devices you use and vice versa. Siri (Apple), Alexa (Amazon), Cortana (Microsoft), and Google Assistant have a lot in common in terms of capabilities and functionality. All these assistants can start with just a single touch, button or a click. They all are capable of performing web searches, read the news, bring weather updates and manage your events and reminders. You will find a similar basic experience, but comparing these four AI assistants tell us different stories. Let’s find out which is the best and the dumbest voice assistant.

Apple’s Siri

It was Apple who introduced the world’s first voice-controlled assistant for smartphones. Apple has developed Siri and over the years, the voice assistant has seen significant improvements. From the basic interface to a smart AI, Siri is now available on macOS as well. Before the iOS 10 launch, Siri was not open for third-party developers, but now it can get you a taxi from Uber, buy drinks, order food and a lot more.

Siri is growing and in neural network technology, it is still behind rivals. Siri can answer your basic, formal questions but for more specific answers, it fails to deliver anything specific or personal.

Siri is smart sometimes, and sometimes it is dumb. The only thing it lacks is integration with any devices or apps available out of the Apple ecosystem. The device also occasionally fails to understand queries that need highly improved natural language.

Amazon’s Alexa

Alexa is the name Amazon gave to its digital assistant. The Echo devices came in 2015 and since then, this smart assistant has seen tremendous growth in how it performs. Alexa started with delivering weather and news updates. Today, Alexa is one of the smartest voice assistants. The only drawback is that it is not available as a smartphone assistant it is stuck into the Echo device and Amazon tablets.

However, the assistant is not quite as polished when it comes to using core functions. In this area, it appears to be dumb and Siri and Google Assistant are smarter. What makes it the most suitable voice assistant is its integration with third-party applications. You can do almost everything you can do with the other voice assistants, but the only problem is it is still device specific.


Cortana came as a built-in feature of Windows 10 and now it is available on Android and iOS platforms as well. Cortana is good for those who are a part of different software systems including Windows, Android, and iOS. In practical use, Cortana is a great assistant that can accurately handle queries related to movie shows, nearby restaurants, weather forecasts, and driving directions. But when it comes to answering specific questions, the voice assistant is not as smart as the other voice assistants. Sometimes, it takes to Bing results even for finding answers of general queries.

The biggest reason why Cortana turns out to be a dumb assistant is its lack of smart integration. The results it pulls out belongs to Bing and doesn’t come from the search giant Google. So functionality wise, Cortana can do only the things it is specifically programmed for and for personal or specific queries, it will simply redirect you to web pages.

Google Assistant

Why everyone loves Google Assistant because it is integrated with almost everything Google. Those who are completely involved in the Google ecosystem prefer Google Assistant because it can be found on tablets, Chromebook, Home speaker, search and is being used by many third-party developers in different industries.

Calling Google Assistant dumb is not fair, instead, you can call it over smart. From the privacy point of view, some people find it one of the most dangerous technologies because nobody knows how much Google knows about them and what it can do. Google is facing strong competition from Alexa as these two services are involved in similar types of products.

Which is the dumbest voice assistant?

Alexa and Google Assistant are of course not the dumbest voice assistants. After using and comparing these four AI-powered voice assistants, we have found that Amazon’s Alexa is the smartest, while the Google Assistant secures the second position. Apple’s Siri is lacking improvements in its neural network, but Apple has successfully made it smart. Cortana can be called the dumbest of all for obvious reasons.

Staff Writer; Corey Shaw

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