If you’ve spent any time barking at your virtual assistant, you’ve no doubt had the conversation run aground a few times. “No, Siri, I said ‘Play Prince Purple Rain,’ not ‘Belay price Urkle T-pain.’”
But while Siri, Alexa, and Google may sometimes have a tough time understanding what you’re asking even if you speak in a plain American accent, just imagine what it’s like for somebody speaking English with a foreign accent. Things get tricky!
We put the three top assistants to the test. We asked friends of ours from Italy, Ireland, Scotland, England, Japan, Germany, and Australia to ask an iPhone with Siri, a Google Home, and an Amazon Echo various questions. Mostly, the assistants did a pretty good job. Mostly.