We have professed our love to Siri many times, especially when she’s able to find a place nearby to satisfy our burrito craving. And while she claims to be able to fulfill your needs and answer all your questions, things fall apart when you talk to her in Spanglish.
Ok Google is slightly better at understanding your mix of English and Spanish because it has Google. It can search your contacts and search nearby maps for different Spanish words. But it’s not better by much, especially with genuine Spanglish. Like, what would it answer if you asked, “Ok Google, how do I get rid of my barriga?”
The good news is that the more data collected from all your burning Spanglish inquiries, the better voice recognition will get.
Ignacio Lopez Moreno, the developer of some of the software says “at the end of the day, we always work to improve voice recognition for the majority of the users taking into account the diversity of the backgrounds in the U.S. So, it’s not that far-fetched that one day we’ll be able to tackle more complex queries like ‘where can I get unos tacos riquísimos?’”
The day Siri or Ok Google can answer how to get rid of our barriga and later find us some tacos riquísimos (we have problems, we know), that day will be el mejor día!
Find out more about voice recognition from NPR here.