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When I want to ask my iPhone a question, I generally fire up the free and very good Google Search app, which responds to voice queries faster and better than Siri. And Google’s just added the predictive information service Google Now to iOS devices. Suddenly my iPhone is telling me stuff I didn’t even know I wanted to know—the estimated commute time between the Globe and my church, for instance, or when that package from Amazon.com is due to arrive.
Google Now’s customized information feeds know our wants; Google’s voice search feature captures our questions the moment we speak them and responds almost as fast. Combined, they smarten up our smartphones in ways that Siri can’t match.