What’s The Best Smartphone? Google’s New iOS Search App Says Decide For Yourself

Got the new Google Search app on your iPhone or iPad? Here’s a trick. Ask it, “What’s the best smartphone?” The app will politely decline to say.

The app will reply in one of two ways that I’ve found:

“No one phone is right for everyone.”

“You’ll have to decide for yourself.”

Don’t have the app? Here’s a video I made with both answers:

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I’m guessing that Google decided to avoid an embarrassment Apple had earlier this year, when Siri was found to be suggesting phones other than the iPhone as the best.

Actually, Siri wasn’t doing this. It was Wolfram Alpha, when Siri was tapping into it, and only when asked in a particular manner. In turn, Wolfram Alpha was using a Best Buy list that didn’t weight ratings by number of reviews.

For the background on all that, see our past articles below:

Ask Siri “what’s the best smartphone,” and she’ll suggest it’s the iPhone that you’re holding. Her jokey responses have been part of Siri since the product was first shipped last year (no, they weren’t recently added):

Siri’s answers are above. Google, shown next to Siri, gives a verbal reply that avoids playing favorites. As for the search results that Google does show, those are topped by CNET’s list of best smartphones, where the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are tied, both rated as editors’ choices.

Found any other “easter eggs” like this in the Google Search app? No doubt some are hidden. Let us know in the comments below!

Postscript: Via Marsha Collier, try asking “How much wood a woodchuck would chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” to hear the Google Search app give you an answer probably faster than you asked the question.

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Related Topics: Apple: Siri | Channel: Mobile | Features: Analysis | Google: Google Search App | Google: Mobile | Top News


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  • airmanchairman

    Cor blimey, it must be said, the new Google voice search on iOS is blindingly fast and accurate.

    And I’ve only tried it on a 3GS so far…

    Weighing in at only around 10.7Mb, it appears to be packed with some serious on-board phonic/semantic analysis software engine that you can actually see morphing and changing the interpreted text output as you speak to the handset.

    Worthy Siri competitor, I would say

  • George Psaltakis

    Google would never make mistakes about this. Apart from this, i think that iphone is the leader for smartphones…

  • airmanchairman

    I’m not getting any voice playback of search results on any of my iDevices – 3GS, 4, 5 or iPad 3. Why? I’ve checked settings to no avail, what’s the trick to enable this, or is it a US-only feature?

  • http://www.facebook.com/austinhulak Austin Fösh Hulak

    I think the second search result is better than the first!

  • Michael Martin

    Wasn’t the 1st answer http://www.google.com/nexus/4/ ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Martin/508010100 Michael Martin

    Wasn’t the 1st answer http://www.google.com/nexus/4/ ;)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/carmelita.olaes Carmelita Olaes

    hello good morgen thank you

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