Apple’s next big developer conference starts Monday, and the hot rumour is that the company plans to launch its own smart speaker. According to a recent report from Bloomberg, this will be somewhat similar to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, only it will focus on sound quality, and, naturally, be powered by Apple’s Siri assistant.
It’s that last bit that has some onlookers sceptical. Despite Apple’s head start in voice assistant tech, the common assumption is that Siri isn’t as knowledgeable as its rivals from Seattle and Mountain View.
And as this chart from Statista shows, those sceptics might be onto something. A recent study by digital marketing agency Stone Temple asked the major voice assistants 5,000 general knowledge questions (the most common use case for smart assistants). It found Google Assistant to be the clear leader, with Microsoft’s Cortana a bit behind. Siri, meanwhile, was well off the pace, directly answering just 22% of questions correctly.
This certainly isn’t a good thing for something that may be the interface for a whole device, but keep in mind Amazon’s Alexa managed to answer even fewer questions directly. Siri has some catching up to do, for sure, but given that Google itself still couldn’t answer 32% of the questions directly — and couldn’t answer 10% of those in a complete way — it’s worth a reminder that there’s still a long way to go for everyone in the voice assistant race.