Each major type of smartphone now has their own version of a voice assistant. With these apps you can speak into your phone and have it perform actions for you. You can do things like send email, make calls, set an alarm, or search the internet all without typing. If you want to get a phone based on their voice assistant app, below is a brief overview comparing the three together.
Cortana: This is Window’s version of the voice assistant, named for the artificial intelligence character in the Microsoft video game series Halo. This app is still relatively new compared to the other two, but that hasn’t slowed it down. Cortana was designed to incorporate the best of both Apple and Android voice assistants, and it has done a pretty good job at this. It has a little bit of personality, and it is great at answering your questions or performing your tasks. It takes a little getting used to, but it is a great voice assistant.
Siri: The voice assistant app that really started it all. Siri remains a good voice assistant, but the others seemed to have passed it. It can still do what you ask it most of the time, but it seems the other two assistants have a wider range of functionality. The best feature of Siri is its ability to recognize your voice. It is very good at understanding what it is you said, and transcribing it. Some of the other apps are a little less reliable, but Siri rarely makes a mistake.
Google Now: Google’s voice assistant doesn’t really have any sort of personality. It doesn’t pretend to be an artificial person there to help you out. It is just an app that does what you ask, plain and simple. The best feature of the Google Now app is that you don’t even need to touch your phone in order to use it. Google Now is always listening for the key phrase (Usually “OK Google”) and when it hears it, it turns on. You can then ask it questions, and it will do a Google search, or you can set it to do tasks. It is a basic app that performs very, very well.