Google Assistant beats Siri and Alexa in IQ test, but they’re catching up

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If you’ve been putting off buying a smart speaker and wondering which one is the most effective, a new small study from Loup Ventures suggests that Google Assistant is the best bet for getting the most correct answers. Although Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa all have similar abilities to understand questions, only Google Assistant answered over 90% of questions correctly.

Loup Ventures set up a fairly simple study: they asked Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa a total of 800 questions and counted their answers. In terms of question comprehension, Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa performed similarly at 100%, 99.8%, and 99.9%, respectively.

However, when it came to answering questions, Google Assistant was able to answer the majority of questions correctly at 92.9%. In comparison, Apple’s Siri only responded correctly at 83.1% and Amazon’s Alexa at 79.8%.

Although the numbers are somewhat low, all three assistants have seen impressive improvements over their results from last year. In 2018, the team found that Google Assistant only answered 86% of questions correctly, Siri answered 97%, and Alexa answered only 61%.

Loup Ventures explained that it did not include Microsoft’s Cortana assistant in this year’s study due to a change in product approach Microsoft announced earlier this year. The company said in January that it no longer considers Cortana a competitor to Alexa or Google Assistant.

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