09-30-2014 01:13 AM
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  1. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Despite the 'power' of Google (The Brain of the Internet), Cortana shows how good Bing is but I'm afraid Google Now is better due to one feature. 'OK Google' Even if your phone can't support it everywhere, an app can enable it. Even when the screen is off. The only think Cortana is missing now is a way to activate her with your voice while the phone is charging.
    That active listening comes up (quite a bit) in the video I have shot and edited... And am in the (rather slow per my internet connection) process of uploading to YouTube. I should have it ready sometime tonight or first thing in the AM to embed here.

    Cortana (on a Lumia 925 running 8.1 GDR1) vs Google Now (on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 running Android 4.4.2 w/ Touchwiz): I asked each assistant the same 20 questions. Each had been "primed" before hand by having been set up with user interests. The questions cover web searches, shopping, knowledge, navigation, odd requests and more...

    I think the results will entertain and elucidate.
    08-05-2014 06:49 PM
  2. chezm's Avatar
    I wouldn't judge Cortana's usefulness on the Alpha. I'm in Australia and was using the Beta, by changing my region to the US, and that was ok (but still limited with local data things like events, food recommendations, etc.). I have now switched to the 'official' Alpha for Australia and I'm noticing it is much more limited. I think Microsoft is still rolling out the service but so far all Cortana can do for me is weather and world news headlines. It even stopped telling me to leave for work.
    Ok thanks for the feedback, cause this Cortana for Canada is offering same limited options (and no voice, as in she doesn't speak other than testing now she will say my name)...i was wondering what all the fuss was about lol. Hence why I'm still skeptical the learning thing truly works
    08-05-2014 07:24 PM
  3. colinkiama's Avatar
    That active listening comes up (quite a bit) in the video I have shot and edited... And am in the (rather slow per my internet connection) process of uploading to YouTube. I should have it ready sometime tonight or first thing in the AM to embed here.

    Cortana (on a Lumia 925 running 8.1 GDR1) vs Google Now (on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 running Android 4.4.2 w/ Touchwiz): I asked each assistant the same 20 questions. Each had been "primed" before hand by having been set up with user interests. The questions cover web searches, shopping, knowledge, navigation, odd requests and more...

    I think the results will entertain and elucidate.
    Nice :) I will be looking forward to watching the video.
    08-05-2014 07:31 PM
  4. colinkiama's Avatar
    What I'd like to see is Cortana's features using Google at the back end. I think that would be the best of both worlds. I've never been impressed with Bing's search results.
    Hahaha! Keep dreaming kid. Keep dreaming.
    08-05-2014 07:33 PM
  5. misfitpierce's Avatar
    What I'd like to see is Cortana's features using Google at the back end. I think that would be the best of both worlds. I've never been impressed with Bing's search results.
    Opposite for me... Hate Google's unrelated crap and ADs everywhere. Bing always gets it right and Cortana does better than google now using google so... Enough said there.
    08-05-2014 07:51 PM
  6. spaulagain's Avatar
    Development already in progress.

    http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/07...live-for-some/





    Sorry it's not working on yours. Also introduced are parking location tracking as well as alerts for your next stop if you're using transit :)
    Already have parking tracking on WP/Here Maps.
    08-05-2014 07:52 PM
  7. FinancialP's Avatar
    But you are missing the point, the famous "Google Brain" is still under development and likely wouldn't be any helpful this year. Google Now has a very few basic problems that Google needs to improve upon.

    First of all, it only recognizes only two important places 1) Work, and 2) Home. Lol it never looks like they expect us to have "Favorite places", which Cortana does.

    Second, I am fed up with the assumptions Google Now makes. Recently, I was doing some work around apple and was looking for the recent trends and share values of AAPL. I did that just once, and now GN thinks that it is the only most important thing that I care about. And now they have a customized card place almost upfront on me!

    Thirdly, Google Now is not learning contextually. And it is quite understandable. I mean it might be seamless with integration, but it is nothing like Cortana when it comes to personalization. Try asking Google Now "How is the weather at New York?" It will give you a result, then in succession ask GN "How about Salt Lake?" . I am sure that Google Will not even realize the connection between the two questions. Whereas Cortana can do it.

    There are a multitude of things that I like about both of them, but the thing being when it comes to being personal Google Now fails to beat Cortana.
    It only recognizes two important places?


    Sure

    Neither of those places are my work or home btw.
    08-05-2014 10:11 PM
  8. smoledman's Avatar
    Despite the 'power' of Google (The Brain of the Internet), Cortana shows how good Bing is but I'm afraid Google Now is better due to one feature. 'OK Google' Even if your phone can't support it everywhere, an app can enable it. Even when the screen is off. The only think Cortana is missing now is a way to activate her with your voice while the phone is charging.
    I also thought "OK Google" was the bees knees and disabled it after a week. I just don't like the idea of always listening.
    08-06-2014 03:05 AM
  9. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Got the video up, thought it needed it's own thread so as not to hijack this one...

    http://forums.windowscentral.com/cor...oogle-now.html
    08-06-2014 09:44 AM
  10. Maitrikkataria's Avatar
    It only recognizes two important places?
    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/08/06/y9y5yvet.jpg

    Sure

    Neither of those places are my work or home btw.
    Sure Google does recommend, but is there a place to add this manually?
    Read this properly and then reply: https://support.google.com/websearch.../3061271?hl=en

    Can you set something as your favorite restaurant? If yes, then please share your screenshots.

    As far as I know "Places. Set your home and work locations in order to receive travel information in Google Now." this is the only input that you can add. Try adding other places as in your interest, I am quite sure that it will change either you home settings or your office settings. And even if it didn't do that, it is quite useless till it doesn't adds the manual entry feature.

    This is just a plainly bad UX where they are not providing this small feature.
    08-08-2014 07:37 AM
  11. Major Plonquer's Avatar
    Have you noticed how many people in this forum refer to Google Now as "it" and Cortana as "she"? The jury's in.
    tgp and ashwinp90 like this.
    08-11-2014 10:06 AM
  12. rohit111's Avatar
    Cortana beats Google Now hands down. Cortana is actually very human. Google Now sounds like a cheap fake copy of Siri and a very bad copy at that.
    08-11-2014 10:11 AM
  13. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Certainly. Click on the map part of the result in Google Now

    Click on the place's title on this resulting screen:

    Click "save"
    This from the gentleman who is faulting Cortana for not integrating into her controls all functions preexistant in Here Maps.

    You can't have it both ways, Davehow.

    If Cortana is faulted (by you) for not having subsumed the "where did I park my car" function of Here Maps, then Google Now can not be praised for having to go to Google Maps to add Favorites due to the Google Now restriction on places only having "Home" and "Work" slots.

    IMHO, you are trying too hard. Each device has those functions. Some are more immediate in one assistant, but then it lacks in other area its competitor has. Neither is perfect.

    Your double standard doesn't make GN closer to perfect or Cortana less perfect than their reality. You're showing your bias here.
    08-11-2014 10:23 AM
  14. RumoredNow's Avatar
    You certainly do like yourself a lot... I will concede that. Otherwise, you are just blowing some words around there and have totally ignored my point.

    I think I'm done trying to discuss anything with someone who is obviously just trying to make this about scoring "personal points" and not discussing merits and details.

    Have yourself a nice life...
    08-11-2014 12:06 PM
  15. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Davehow must eat Wheaties every morning. He certainly has boundless energy.
    08-11-2014 12:18 PM
  16. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Obviously I prefer wry. ;)
    08-11-2014 12:39 PM
  17. anony_mouse's Avatar
    Have you noticed how many people in this forum refer to Google Now as "it" and Cortana as "she"? The jury's in.
    Yes, and I also find this extremely disturbing.

    I am going to risk asking a question that got me banned for a week last time I tried it (theories as to why as welcome, although to be fair it did make some people very defensive and uncomfortable)...
    Why do people think Cortana is "female"? Is it simply the voice?
    To ask in a different way - if Cortana had a male voice but was otherwise identical and gave exactly the same replies, would it be "male"? I note that Siri allows the user to choose between male and female voices.
    08-21-2014 02:32 AM
  18. jojoe42's Avatar
    Yes, and I also find this extremely disturbing.

    I am going to risk asking a question that got me banned for a week last time I tried it (theories as to why as welcome, although to be fair it did make some people very defensive and uncomfortable)...
    Why do people think Cortana is "female"? Is it simply the voice?
    To ask in a different way - if Cortana had a male voice but was otherwise identical and gave exactly the same replies, would it be "male"? I note that Siri allows the user to choose between male and female voices.
    In Halo, Cortana is female. Also the voice actor for Cortana is Jen Taylor, who is also female. I guess it doesn't apply if you change the voice or use Cortana outside the US. I don't understand how people can get all fluffed up about such a thing :P
    rdubmu likes this.
    08-21-2014 02:41 AM
  19. anony_mouse's Avatar
    In Halo, Cortana is female. Also the voice actor for Cortana is Jen Taylor, who is also female. I guess it doesn't apply if you change the voice or use Cortana outside the US. I don't understand how people can get all fluffed up about such a thing :P
    Thanks! That's the first reply I've seem over several threads that actually answered the question. Most seemed more concerned with defending some perceived threat to the poster's sexuality. :-)
    08-21-2014 02:51 AM
  20. Tiew SH's Avatar
    In China, It is named as Xiao Na, which is a female chinese name. It will sound wIerd if it has male voice. Personally i love current Cortana voice, just like talking to a real assistant. I like the way i can chit chat with her(my virtual girlfriend) and she is funny. I don't like talking to the cold robot voice of Google Now or SIRI. No fun and bored.
    08-24-2014 08:22 PM
  21. BrunoShady's Avatar
    Here in Brazil, Google Now is way better then Siri and Cortana, mainly for 2 reasons:

    1 - "Ok Google";
    2 - Brazilian Portuguese Support.

    It's great that Cortana seems more human an stuff, but I don't want to chit chat with her... I want her to do stuff for me, like, alarm, reminders and stuff... And obviously, do all this without pressing any key.... I can't do this, and probably can't do it until end of 2015/2016....

    Yes I can use Cortana in English, but when using, it not recognize Brazilian names...

    I'm thinking to change to Android because this 'attention' to Brazilian market.
    08-29-2014 11:41 AM
  22. bilzkh's Avatar
    Here in Brazil, Google Now is way better then Siri and Cortana, mainly for 2 reasons:

    1 - "Ok Google";
    2 - Brazilian Portuguese Support.

    It's great that Cortana seems more human an stuff, but I don't want to chit chat with her... I want her to do stuff for me, like, alarm, reminders and stuff... And obviously, do all this without pressing any key.... I can't do this, and probably can't do it until end of 2015/2016....

    Yes I can use Cortana in English, but when using, it not recognize Brazilian names...

    I'm thinking to change to Android because this 'attention' to Brazilian market.
    "Ok Google" is more of a Moto X feature than Android. It won't work on any Android handset, you'd need a specific one, such as Moto X.
    08-29-2014 09:25 PM
  23. rdubmu's Avatar
    Having an iPhone right now, both Cortana and Google Now are much better, I believe Cortana is the best of the three platforms.
    08-29-2014 11:20 PM
  24. jojoe42's Avatar
    "Ok Google" is more of a Moto X feature than Android. It won't work on any Android handset, you'd need a specific one, such as Moto X.
    Actually now in Android (L?), on any screen of the launcher or in most Google apps, the microphone is always on for the "Okay Google" command. Doesn't require dedicated hardware too. Really wish MS would do at least that for older hardware and Cortana (they are adding always-on hotwirds for Cortana).
    08-30-2014 03:51 PM
  25. chezm's Avatar
    I dont know if there were issues with Canada and Cortana, but Cortana did not work well AT ALL here. Both using the Canadian settings or USA settings. I got a Nexus 5 couple of weeks ago and WOW, Google Now is outstanding! I cant believe how useful and helpful it is, with things i wouldnt even consider. So far for me, Google Now is much better than Cortana (based on my experience)...and i had Cortana going for a while, Google Now only 2 weeks.
    09-29-2014 12:34 PM
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