Ever since the release of Apple’s Virtual Assistant Siri, many users have wondered just how much Data Siri uses in a day. Ars Technica recently did some research to determine the average data usage of Siri on a 3G network, and they published their results for us all to indulge on.
During the testing period Ars Technica included queries like asking Siri to retrieve information from WolframAlpha, telling Siri to perform small tasks such as creating reminders, dictating messages, and creating alarms. Once finished the testing, they were very surprised with the results: only 36.7 kb data used per inquiry.
You can read what they reported below:
We performed six tasks that would be considered to be local tasks. These queries included things like, “Set an alarm for 3 hours from now,” “Make an appointment for 2pm on Friday” (and then telling Siri to cancel the task), “Remind me to file expense reports when I get home,” and “What is the contact info for Ars Technica?”
These tasks added up to a total of 220KB of data usage, or an average of 36.7KB per query. The actual numbers ranged from 60KB down to 18KB, and we believe this is correlated to the complexity of the specific query and language we used to perform it.
To close, Ars Technica reported that a if a user made 11 queries per day, they would use a total of 20 MB of data in a month. Even if you are a heavy Siri user, only 30 MB of data will be used monthly. Considering how little data Siri uses, Apple has done a very good job on maintaining a low data consumption with Siri on a 3G network. Did these results surprise you? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below…