Smartphone smarty pants: How your voice control can surprise you with its wit and wisdom

Find out what happens when you try to start a conversation with your smartphone – you may find the answers surprising!

Modern smartphones come with virtual voice assistants built in. These are very handy, because they can basically help 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.

[Read more: What are voice assistants and how do they work?]

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?


Pre-installed on Android phones, also 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…


Pre-installed on Windows Phone, also available on 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?

[Read more: What is Google Assistant?]


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