A relatively new feature in smartphones is the virtual voice assistant. You can use voice assistants to organise your life – setting a reminder, adding a calendar entry, making a call or sending a text message.

Voice assistants are also a fountain of knowledge. Want to know what the tallest building in the world is, or the longest river? Just ask! Tap the voice assistant button, ask your phone a question… and as long as you’re connected to the internet, your phone will answer.

They (or rather, the developers behind them) also have a sense of humour too – as we discovered when we asked Google and Cortana some searching questions.

Check out the video below to see what they had to say…. And why not try asking your phone the questions below?

Google

Pre-installed on Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Sony Xperia XA, available for iOS

  • What’s the loneliest number?
  • Make me a sandwich!
  • Beam me up, Scotty!
  • Who are you?
  • Tilt!
  • What does the fox say?
  • What is your favourite colour?
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck would chuck wood?
  • Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
  • Ok, Google. Lions and tigers and bears…

Cortana

Pre-installed on Windows Phone, like the Microsoft Lumia 650 and coming soon to Android and iOS

  • Are you male or female?
  • Knock knock?
  • Tell me a joke!
  • What are you wearing?
  • Where do you live?
  • Who is your daddy?
  • Why are we here?
  • What’s your favourite song?
  • Sing to me!
  • Will you marry me?
  • Beam me up, Scotty!
  • How old are you?

Do you use the voice assistant on your smartphone? Let us know in the Comments section below.