Canadian Trivia Showdown: Alexa vs. Google Now vs. Siri

Canadians have a strong identity separate from any other nation … but we know it’s not all about poutine, Beaver Tails and Justin Bieber! As a tribute to the official Canadian season (hockey season), it’s time to put our favourite voice assistants on the so called Canadian trivia “ice”.

Like any good game, there are of course a few basic rules, the most important being that the voice assistant must respond verbally with a correct answer (“this is what I found on the web” doesn’t count for this showdown).

#1 Which is the only official bilingual province in Canada?
Google Now: Verbally responds "New Brunswick." (1 point)

Siri: Verbally responds "This is what I found on the web." (0 points)

Alexa: Verbally responds "I wasn't able to understand the question I heard." (0 points)

After the first question, Google Now’s assistant is clearly in the lead.

#2 How many oceans border Canada?
Google Now: Verbally responds "The three oceans that surround Canada are the Atlantic Ocean on the east, the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Arctic Ocean to the north." (adds 1 point for 2 points)

Siri: Verbally responds "Checking, OK, check it out." (0 points)

Alexa: Verbally responds "3 oceans are the neighbours of Canada." (1 point)

Alexa gets on the board with a shot from the verbal wrist.

#3 Whose face is on the Canadian hundred-dollar bill?
Google Now: Verbally responds "Robert Borden." (adds another point for 3 points)

Siri: Verbally responds "I don't see any theatres matching 'Canadian hundred' nearby." (0 points)

Alexa: Verbally responds "Sorry, I can't find the answer to the question I heard." (stays at 1 point)

Siri is needing an odd man rush if she plans to stay in this game.

#4 What major sporting event was held in Canada in 2010?
Google Now: Verbally responds "Winter Olympics." (adds a 4th point)

Siri: Verbally responds "This is what I found on the web." (0 points)

Alexa: Verbally responds "I wasn't able to understand the question I heard." (stays at 1 point)

Google Now’s assistant is 4 for 4. Alexa needs to do some Canadian homework and it’s obvious that Siri has never been here.

#5 How did the Maple Leafs do?
Google Now: Verbally responds "Toronto Maple Leafs lost to Ottawa Senators 5 to 4." (now at 5 for 5)

Siri: Verbally responds "The Maple Leafs were defeated in overtime by the Senators in the Battle of Ontario yesterday." (scores 1 point)

Alexa: Verbally responds "Last night the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Ottawa Senators." (adds 1 point for 2 points)

And Siri finally scores a point!

#6 What is Canada’s national sport?
Google Now: Verbally responds "Lacrosse." (adds the final point for 6 points)

Siri: Verbally responds "Here's what I found on the web." (finishes at 1 point)

Alexa: Verbally responds "Sorry, I didn't understand the question I heard." (finishes at 2 points)

The results are in! Google Home with Google Now’s assistant is clearly ready to take on Canada. Siri performed as well as Apple maps did when it was first released, which doesn’t say much considering Siri has been out since 2011. Alexa has some obvious catching up to do if Amazon plans to compete with Google Home in Canada.

On the positive for those of us with an Amazon Echo, Alexa seems to at least know a little bit of Canadian geography and hockey. Albeit not enough to get her through the cold Canadian season (yet).

Google Now: 6 points

Siri: 1 point

Alexa: 2 points

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  1. You an add your favourite sports teams in Settings. Then all you have to do is say ‘Alexa, how is my team doing?’

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