It’s a less personable but more capable app
Siri is perfectly lovely bit of artificial intelligence, but she isn’t always cooperative. Ask Siri to book airplane tickets, make a dinner reservation or find a song on Pandora, and she politely declines.
This is where Dragon Go comes in. It’s a less personable but more capable app for people who like to speak instructions to the phone.
Dragon Go works differently from Siri. For one thing, it doesn’t talk back. You issue instructions and it carries them out. The other is that it tells you where it is getting its information. So if you ask it to book a table at a restaurant, it returns results from OpenTable, which you know because of what’s indicated in a tab at the top of the screen.
Try asking Siri to book you a table at a specific restaurant, and the best you’ll get is a map with an unattributed star rating or, at worst, an apology, “I can’t search near businesses. Sorry about that.” I’m not convinced she means it.
Other tasks Dragon Go can help with include booking flights and hotels. The reason it can do more than Siri is Nuance has teamed up with 200 Web sites to make sure they play well with Dragon. The app has a full list on the settings page (touch the gear symbol in the upper left corner).
Not available – yet – for iPhone in Canada 🙁
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