Oct 04 AT 2:48 PM Taylor Wimberly 108 Comments

If you think Apple’s Siri assistant is cool, wait till you see what Google has been working on


Today Apple announced the iPhone 4S which disappointed many who were expecting to see the iPhone 5. However, Apple was still able to excite the fanbase with the public demo a Siri, a virtual personal assistant coming to iOS5 on October 12th. Apple acquired the company Siri for $200 million in April of last year and Steve Jobs described it as “artificial intelligence”, not search or speech recognition.

Apple sums up the new service on their site. “Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.”

Android already has similar virtual assistant apps like Vlingo, but they are not as deeply integrated into the operating system as closely as Siri. Check out the demo video below for an idea of what to expect.

If you were hoping that Google would launch their own virtual assistant into the next version Android, then you might get your wish as soon as next week. I recently received a random tip that Google has been working on taking their Voice Search app to the next level with similar virtual assistant features. Unfortunately I don’t have any specific details, but we know that Google has been a leader in voice technology and facial recognition is coming to Ice Cream Sandwich.

What I think Google might have in store is some kind of animated character or pet that is tied to your Google account and appears on your Android unlock screen. This might sound kind of crazy, but picture something like Talking Tom Cat 2 (or Seaman for the Sega Dreamcast!), but with real intelligence behind it that learns and remembers everything you do.

Whatever happens, I’m quite excited with the progression of voice technology and the advancements in artificial intelligence that can make our lives easier. It’s good to see Apple raise the bar with Siri and I’m excited to see what ideas the Google engineers came up with.

What type of tasks would you like your virtual personal assistant to do?

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    all Google has to do is announce that they plan on farting and they would beat apples keynote today

    • http://twitter.com/#!/shieloue shaider

      hey moron, go f*ck yourself.

    • NeoJesus

      Everything Google is inventing, they should patent, just like Apple does.

      • Inverse137

        You’re not the sharpest tool in the shed, are you?

        • http://google.com david

          apple gonna be history when android 4.0 comes

          • doc

            maybe. but im so glad you mentioned it like that: “WHEN” it comes out…. first for HTC, then for moto, maybe a year later for galaxy….one handset at a time…. delay after delay. dont get your hopes up. this is innovators vs immitators. let see. apple came out with the iPhone first. app store first. multitouch first. voice command first. artificial intelligence first. ….and, well, android, is just….catching up.

          • Gump5ter

            Hahaha. Yeah apple are done once google release their new phone os. iMacs and MacBooks will stop selling. The iPod will die and iTunes will no longer be required as all music downloads will go direct through ice cream sandwich. Wow. That is some operating system. It’s gonna wipe all apples 800bn liquidity. Lol.

  • uknowme

    Funny I can hear all those trolls crying right now.

  • subrandom

    The normal language and ability of siri to just be talked to is what makes it compelling. But no one knows if it really works that well yet. Google could do a lot to make their voice search systems better. Also having a ton of OEMs means that microphone technology is all over the map so just making sure the system is hearing the right thing is incredibly difficult.

    • Wunako

      i have to agree with subrandom,

      but as far as what i would love to see on a voice/virtual assistant is pretty much what the apple vid demo’s, schedule meetings, or in my case, reminders of assignments due and h.w. for my classes, and just a better voice search. I am though, more excited about the face recognition and the idea that a animated character reminds me of the assistants from the Windows XP helper who were annoying but helpful lol. Im just psyched to hear what Google and Samsung brings to table

      • Dharmabhum

        This virtual assistant avatar is exactly what I hope they don’t do. No one liked the damn paper clip, and no one wants to see its return!

        • raveesh

          I don’t mind a Scarlett Johansson avatar with her voice, though

          • John

            I heard that.

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Stepping back to reality, there’s no way Apple can make the voice recognition to achieve ground-breaking accuracy. The fact is, AI, in its current state, cannot truly understand our language, period. Just look at how good machine translation works — the AI doesn’t even have to recognize the content (it’s already typed in)!

      As far as I know, when it comes to commercial voice recognition, we probably can’t get anything better than IBM’s Watson at this moment. Apple’s AI probably won’t match Watson for a long shot.

      We will have to see how the natural language query plays out in real world.

      AFAIK, Comedians will be the happiest group after the iPhone 4S’ release because there will definitely be funny stories about how it interacts with some dumb folks.

      • JD

        Totally agree. I thought of Watson the moment I saw Siri. I know a thing or two about machine learning/data mining. Waston’s ability comes from a training set that is impossible for an iPhone to hold. Siri will be able to help you with chores and reminders and whatnot, but I would say a personal assistant is a far exaggeration.

        Just thinking about all the embarrassing and silly mistakes Waston had made, and how many more Siri is gonna make. Looking forward to the comedians and all the videos posted to youtube as well.

        • Michael Long

          Siri’s “training set” is your location, your list of contacts, your calendar, your music
          library, and so on.

          Also, to quote another article, “This astounding accuracy and performance comes from the fact that Siri, founded in 2007 by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer, and Tom Gruber, was an offshoot of the Darpa-funded CALO (Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes) project, described as the largest artificial-intelligence project ever launched. Mashable’s Christina Warren calls it “an amazing first glimpse of a Jetsonian type of future.”

          Personally, until I actually try it, I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

      • Lee

        Actually, The old Siri app has been available in the app store for years and I use it often. This is the app the company Apple bought created. It has not been update since the Apple purchase. The voice recognition is very good and the AI is amazing. For example, I can say “i’m in the mode for some spicy food” it responds by finding asian, indian, and mexican resaurants. I think it sucks that Apple is not making this available on the older iPhones. The old app clearly demonstrates that the technology works on lessor phones and on iPads. The old app will stop working on October 15th.

    • AndMac

      Siri uses Nuance technology, as far as I know, which is pretty damned good.

      Much, much better the POS technology Google uses to transcribe Google Voice, which is borderline useless.

      I think Apple did it the smart way and they’ll use voice recognition to drive sales even higher.

      Google really needs to improve both voice recognition (and integrate it deep into the OS) and the UI, which is still rather unpolished and inconsistent, despite all the promises made over the last two years.

      I love my Nexus S and have gotten used to its shortcomings, but I am waiting to see what the next Nexus shapes out to be, and how it will compare to the iPhone 5.

      BTW, I have sworn I am not going back to any of the Android iterations with proprietary overlays, so apart from the Nexus, nothing else matters to me in Android land…. :)

      • http://www.dunkru.com Adam Wood

        you are a fraud. I use voice action almot every day and it is the most accurate voice recognition I’ve used.

        One of the most notable situations that I have use voice recognitionis while riding my bicycle and using Voice Actions to text my friends as I biked to where they were. I use it in the car to text, for directions, to get maps, and to call places that are nearby, or that i’m inside of. (for example, I was at wendy’s late-night waiting outside for something. A simple “Call Wendy’s” dialed the location directly and instantly.)

        I’ve also used voice ations on the phones of others and the accuracy is still unsurpassed. So dont go bashing the accuracy for I know, first hand, that you are making fradulent claims.

        • Sam

          Unless it’s changed since the Nexus One, I’m pretty sure Android Voice Search doesn’t actually have *any* voice recognition.

          What it does have is a recorder app that posts to a web-service and returns the text result. Because it takes so long to post the (probably 16 or 32kbps) recording whenever you drop to one or two signal bars, I found it a neat trick, but nothing more than any programmer could toss together in a weekend using the same or very similar services.

          As a disappointed iPhone 4 owner who’s owned an iPhone 3G, then Palm Pre, then Nexus One (which I lost), then iPhone 4, then HP Veer, then back to the iPhone 4, and now considering an S2 Epic (all in two years), I’m certainly no zealot for any of them. But get real. Siri is significant in a way that anyone who’s ever touched a line of code knows that Google’s Voice Search definitely isn’t.

          Hopefully that changes with the next Android.

          BTW, my personal take in case anyone’s interested in a non-fanboy POV: Siri’s really the only thing that looks at all interesting about the iPhone 4S IMO. I’ve never once thought to myself “You know, the iPhone 4 is OK, but it would be great if it just had a faster processor!”. I definitely did feel the performance pinch on the iPhone 3G, but working in a Ruby web-development shop (a world where it’s pretty much a given you’ll be using a Mac of some sort), and having probably a dozen iPhones around me, I’ve never heard of anyone else complain about the iPhone 4′s performance either.

          That said, Google’s Web Browser on Android (I forget, is it called Chrome on Android?) with it’s text-reflow zooming is really missed. I’m not an 8pt font kind of guy anymore when writing code or reading, and a 4″+ screen with the awesome text re-flow would probably make me a pretty happy guy at this point.

          Just to agitate the fanboys: The App Market (or whatever) is a land-fill in comparison to the App Store (good thing I’m not an app-addict), the multi-tasking on Android is a Windows-like UX amatuer-hour experience, needing four buttons to Apple’s one is just silliness. A Task Manager on my phone is just utterly stupid.

          Google really needs to get their act together with UX if they’re ever going to beat Apple in the “I don’t care if it costs 50% more, my time and sanity is worth more than that, I just want something that *works*” crowd.

          I’ll throw a bone to the fanboys though. Chrome on Android (or whatever it’s called) is hands down better than Mobile Safari (Flash is a hog, give it up, nobody cares, I’m talking about text-reflow here), the GMail integration is obviously a bit better (though I’ve always liked the simplicity of Mail.App I realize I’m in the minority), and a big screen with the same (or a bit less) weight and a tad better battery life… that’s a package I can get behind as long as the interface isn’t *too* crufty.

          Getting back to the point though… I’ve read lots of Android fan comments today, and lots of comments about the voice features, and no admission that it’s an entirely different, gimmicky tech-demo level beast on Android. Maybe the next Android will change that. Maybe it won’t. But many of these comments are pretty disingenuous in trying to make a “we were first!” comparison. Who cares? The iPhone 4S will obviously be the best.

          That said, I’ve got plenty of timers in the kitchen. I tend to avoid calendar reminders. I’ll probably be happy to be a late comer to the voice-command party. We’ll see I guess.

          • Joe

            Well read this text flow:

            Your post is a classic Apple fan boy whether you want to admit it or not.

            All your points are, if not opposite, way off.

            Flash a hog, what do you think Siri is going to be?

            “Siri, play me a flash video….”

            “Sorry i cannot do that, flash is a hog….”

          • Tim Blane

            >> What it does have is a recorder app that posts to a web-service and returns the
            >> text result. Because it takes so long to post the (probably 16 or 32kbps)
            >>recording whenever you drop to one or two signal bars, I found it a neat trick,
            >> but nothing more than any programmer could toss together in a weekend using
            >> the same or very similar services.

            Modern speech recognizers have a vocabulary of over a million words and utilize multi-gigabyte models to analyze the words/sentences and explore the context in which they were used (such as GPS position or application called from).

            It’s much more accurate to do this level of speech recognition in the cloud where the processing power allows you run several concurrent evaluations and determine the most suitable response from the various tests.

            But enough nerdlish, as an developer I am interested in hearing more about how YOU would implement this “neat trick” you speak about in only a weekend!

            Do you have time this weekend to knock up a sample for us all?

            Actually, I just read your comment again, you say you could do this “using the same or very similar services”… so you would implement your own version of Google voice by using the Google voice API.

            You sir, are brilliant! You want a job!?

      • keleko

        If you really knew anything about Nuance, besides the fact its in Siri & “its pretty Damn good” lol. You would know that Mike Cohen co-founded Nuance. Which has worked for Google since 04. :)

  • wondercoolguy

    I personally could care less about voice software like siri. When I can probably end up doing it faster myself. What I want to see from Android is more stablization in the platform. As in when I buy the Galaxy S2 and they announced Android 4.0 tuesday, I want it the day it comes out instead of months later….I also want stability in hardware products it seems like Samsung, Moto, and HTC are so on fire about firing out as many phones as they can there is no quality in them, such as bugs in software and hardware malfunctions….

    • AndMac

      So, don’t buy a Galaxy S2 or any of the other non-Google phones shoveled out with proprietary, tacky overlays, which do little but prevent timely OS updates and ultimately force you into discarding perfectly good hardware, just so you can upgrade to the latest Android OS.

      BTW, voice recognition is great and it is very useful, when implemented well. It’s being perfect for the car, or to send a quick text. Don’t knock it until you try it :)

      Nuance (which is what Siri uses) is genuinely good and much better than most of the competition. There is a Nuance SDK for Android, although it’s pretty expensive.

      • Omar

        Google acquired Motorola Wireless so do motorola phones kinda join the nexus family as soon as new ones are released? They wouldnt be labeled as Nexus devices but they definitely are in the bloodline now.

        • AndMac

          Yes (I forgot :), and if all new Motos have pure vanilla Android, they will definitely be on my (very) short list.

    • Uatu

      So you do care?

  • Raúl


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    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I wish I still had that game :(

      • Brandon

        Taylor.. I now have 1000% more respect for you.

        ” Seaman for the Sega Dreamcast!”

  • Rich

    I can get my SGS2 to play specific music, or write a text etc, but I never use it. Whilst I’m sure the siri tech works better I still don’t think I’d use it because you basically look silly talking to your phone!

    • JoAnn

      I find that it is better for texting than typing or even Swyping. Of course, I use it only when I’m not around other people because that would look pretty dorky.

      I’m surprised at how good it is, particularly when you say the punctuation yourself.

    • Samdroid

      I use Voice talk for everything on my S2 and it’s flawless. Me – “Hi galaxy” S2 – ” Yes John” but you can change it to say whatever you want, default is ” what would you like to do”. For Voice commands If you got the google widget on your desktop just hit the mic and ask it anything. It will launch apps, set appt and everything. it’s flawless

      • NotRelevent

        Yea..just tried it on my xoom. Once I figured out the commands, it worked flawlessly. Funny given the complete uselessness that is voce recognition on GVoice.

        Also this Siri thing is neat, but Jobs is wrong (as he usually is) this thing is nothing more than a very good speech-to-text engine. Not any thing close to an AI.

  • macu

    If the rumoured facial recognition to unlock your phone is true then that alone blows this announcement out of the water,

    I dread a world where everyone walks around asking banal questions into their phone.

    • JoeH

      There is an app already for the Ipad/iPhone which does facial recognition to unlock your phone. Trouble is that all you need is a picture of somebody to unlock their device.

  • Warden Chinbach

    What I want from Google is live type-as-you-talk voice transcriptions.

  • http://www.d0wn.com fabien

    made by google or apple , i don’t think i will ever speak to my phone to give him order ,
    this is too wierd ,and even if it’s longer i prefer to use the keybord to tap a SMS

  • livpalm

    Google just needs to promote better. Apple just took advantage of that. Now everyone is going to think Apple is the innovator; the cloud, Google Music, latitude, Picasa, wireless sync, notifications, etc… All announced today by Apple with an “I” and in some cases, with a price.

    There was an app called. Edwin that pretty much did what Siri showed off, well close. Voice search does some of those things right now and it’s been around for a while.

    Google just needs to invest some money on promoting outside of YouTube.

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    I know Google isn’t microsoft, but:

    Google, please, PLEASE, use Clippy.

  • Dragonithe

    I’ve got voice actions on my mobile, and i never use it.
    But anyone noticed that all the actions in promo where from people that where pretty much alone?
    That sums it up pretty nicely.
    I would never use something like it in public and even have my phone talk back.

    • Andy in Indy

      My teenage daughter is embarrassed when I do a voice command for navigation. I have to watch the video, but this sounds like Speaktoit Assistant (free app on Android Market).

      • sorryforthewait

        your right speaktoit assistant does the same thing. but I do thing Google will have their own.

  • http://www.3for.tv Greg

    If Google announces a new “Clippy” to battle Siri, we’re doomed.

  • Tico4674

    Great day for Google. Already have 1 fanboy friend that went out and purchased the sgs2 immediately.

  • acupunc

    until I see these things work in the real work the demos are bull, especially apple’s. They usually fake most of their video demo stuff so I wouldn’t put much credit into anything that was shown today with siri.

    As far as I could tell, siri really doesn’t work beyond the stock apps, thus once again you are going to be limited with it. From what I’ve seen with Google’s voice to text they are always trying to make it a core of the OS so that it can be used by any app at any time and it’s only a natural progression to make the voice to text activate more and more actions & functions.

    but anyway, congrats to apple for somewhat catching up in yet another copying of Android ;)

    • Michael Long

      Apple had “Voice Control” back on in the iPhone 3GS, where you could already say “call” or “play” and get the correct result. (Who’s copying whom?)

      But there’s a world of difference in the user having to memorize a list of allowed action phrases, as it appears Google is doing, and doing the conversation-based AI that Siri does.

      When you can say, “Remind me when I leave work to stop at the store for pizza…”

      Then you’ve got something.

      • Eion

        Easy on my Nexus S: “Note to self: get pizza after work”

        Dunno about you, but that’s more or less the way I think anyway, no need to translate to specific phrases.

  • http://www.alexonhe.com alex

    I’m a huge android fan, but the difference between google and apple’s voice commands is that apples look pretty sexy while doing their thing. Google really needs to get a better design team.

    • NotRelevent

      No they really don’t. Google’s designs are light years ahead.

  • Adam

    It would be cool if we are required to say “Computer” before saying any commands.

    • JPB

      They better have wallpapered the Patent Office with this stuff.

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    The idea of talking to your phone is a bit odd, but I use it constantly when I’m testing phones that don’t have a QWERTY keyboard. I have dictated entire emails while walking down the street. People think you have a bluetooth headset in and don’t even notice.

    But dictation and smart commands are two separate things. I like the idea of telling my phone to do something for me, but I’m not so keep on my phone talking back. I doubt people will really use it as it was intended.

  • tp

    It’s all done by sending what the users says over the net, decoding it and firing it back to the handset isn’t it?

    First point, privacy, so everything iphone users do on Assistant is going to be recorded on the same computers?

    Second point, data? What kind of bandwidth does this app need, how much and how fast is it?

    • Michael Long

      The old app worked that way. As I understand it, the new version does most of the translation locally using the new A5 chip, and only hits the internet if it needs to do so in order to answer the question (stock prices, Wolfram Alpha stuff, Yelp, and so on).

      Say, “Wake me up in a hour” in order to set a timer, and it’s all local.

  • Squrel

    What I think Google might have in store is some kind of animated character or pet that is tied to your Google account and appears on your Android unlock screen.

    All I can think of is the little paperclip guy (Clippy?) from Microsoft haha

    • Splendor

      My first thought too.

  • Samdroid

    No Navigation?? Voice Commands has NAV. My S2 turns into a GPS and gives turn by turn Directions. Apple still leaving out features haha

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    • NotRelevent

      Nono it’s “I want a chicken sandwich and waffle fries, FOR FREE”

  • Nathan

    I don’t know I can’t remember the last time I use the voice feature on my phone but it is welcome if it makes my life easier :D

  • Nexus4Life

    While Apple has Siri, Google has widgets!!! I don’t need to ask my Nexus S ‘Will I need an umbrella today?’ because all I have to do is look at my homescreen for the forecast. Is the Nasdaq down? Oh wait I have a widget for that too! Most of the important voice commands Google already has.

    I actually really like Apple (I own a MacBook Pro) but todays unveiling was kind of disappointing. Maybe all those rumors and click sites are to blame but still. Google better build on this and have a killer show on the 11th and I think they will :)

    • http://twitter.com/#!/shieloue shaider

      f*cking widgets. useless. i removed them all from my f*cking phone they make my f*cking phone slow. google should remove them. that’s why they need big memories for those f*cking android phones.


    GOOGLE JUST PUT NET NAVI’S. No like seriously if they should put that it would be indeed revolutionary!!!!!!

  • Nate B.

    This would be so fun. It should be Andy the Android.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/shieloue shaider

      andy the f*cking android

  • http://txhoudini.com Eric Weiss

    I use Google Voice Actions on average once or twice a day. “Note to self” and “Navigate to” are the ones I use the most. Would love to see it expanded in ICS.

    • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

      I use the Navigate to one the most. Occasionally I use it to send a text.
      I wish Google would open it up to other apps, so that I could say: “Post to Twitter…” or “Show me location of… ” and Android would just use the intent system to launch the appropriate action.

  • Interpol91

    lol epic!! HAL would be a great choice for Google to pick :)

  • mrjlwilliams

    This is nothing new android has been doing it for years

  • Aclayej

    The last girl in the video didn’t look to excited to use it.

  • PeeKay

    Let’s just hope that it’s not Clippy all over again :(

  • http://www.giquegear.com GiqueGEAR_Todd

    Ewwww. I just remembered BOB from Microsoft’s attempt at the personal-avatar-helper thing. I just want a robust set of commands for voice recognition.

  • E

    All this video reminds me off is the lil cartoons back when the EVO vs iPhone 4 YouTube video came out and y they gave it the same voice I want a iPhone4…cool feat but lame ass design and specs step your game up Apple…nexus prime baby Android is gonna keep its title as king of smart phones

  • http://oceanmedia.net Scotter

    Google has had “voice commands” for a couple years as a free app you can install on most (all?) Android phones:

    • Michael Long

      Revisionist. Google introduced voice commands in Froyo (2.2) in Spring, 2010. Apple, on the other hand, shipped Voice Control features on the iPhone 3GS in Summer, 2009. A year earlier.

      • Steve

        You’re rediculous. Not only are you wrong, until the 4GS release, iOS voice recognition was nigh unusable.

        Android 1.0 had voice dialing in 2008 and you can easily find videos of such on you tube. Froyo merely expanded the list of commands.

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    i may get a bit of negative for this but that siri looks EPIC. i would love to have that on myphone.

    i hope google does think of something like that and HAL would be a great voice. or being a massive nerd like me maybe the computer voice from star trek!!

    • m96

      I wan’t Lexx voice from the TV-series with the same name.

  • sasopu

    What’s the big deal with siri? I’ve been happily using voice actions infinity for over a year now, and it does everything siri does…

  • Zhi Hao

    I sure hope Google implements their solution quick!!! I wanna talk to my phone when my siblings are out and when I’m bored :)

    (And when my friends aren’t free)

  • Averymlewis

    What happens next week that people are saying google might announce something similar then???

    • spiritoftheforest

      They’re gonna announce that they’re buying speaktoit assistant android app which does exactly the same things

  • JonjoJr

    Google has been far ahead of the game for a few years now. The thing is that Google does not show off, they just smack you with it. While Apple keeps you in jail, Google opens the doors and allows this technology to be used in anything, not just what apple wants. Hell I’m going to check out the SDK so I can make my toaster talk back to me. I’m gonna call it TIRI

  • guest

    You can do this already on Android. Just try Speaktoit Assistant. It is free and a does all the same stuff. Pretty impressive for a free app, too.

    • Herve

      Judjing by the comments on the market, Vlingo is better than Speaktoit. The problem is that I tried Vlingo, and its really a mess, almost unusable…

  • Dr.Carpy

    The thing that makes me laugh is the build up to this Apple announcement was monumental! So it seems is the level of disappointed iFools. When read the specs for the 4S, frankly I was astonished. Everything about this device is a step back. To have this as a 199 phone? That a SGS 2. No one can say 4S makes sense at that cost.

  • Brodie

    Search and speech recognition are artificial intelligence

  • 69ingchimpmuncks

    Google will probably create ads specifically for what you talk about.

  • Raveesh Bhalla

    A couple of points I feel give Android an edge over Siri: firstly, Google’s voice recognitions deciphers even dialects, meaning the advantage lies with a much larger section of the people (it can even recognize Indian names, which I’ve never experienced anywhere else).

    Another is the implicit intent system. This is one I feel is built for something like voice recognition, and I’m actually working on a project that aims to build something along the lines of Voice Actions, but allows 3rd party integration (see appsculture com for more details).

    The basic idea behind it was to say something like “Listen to CNN”, which would result in the Stitcher app to launch with the CNN station. Any developer could do it (I tested a self made “Feet to Meters” converter, which worked flawlessly for everytime I’d say “Convert 15 feet to meters” or something like that).

    I wanted to work on the voice actions clone with the Android team as part of Google Summer of Code, but didn’t get through. Hopefully, they have a better alternative in mind.

  • raveesh

    A couple of points I feel give Android an edge over Siri: firstly, Google’s voice recognitions deciphers even dialects, meaning the advantage lies with a much larger section of the people (it can even recognize Indian names, which I’ve never experienced anywhere else).

    Another is the implicit intent system. This is one I feel is built for something like voice recognition, and I’m actually working on a project that aims to build something along the lines of Voice Actions, but allows 3rd party integration (see appsculture com for more details).

    The basic idea behind it was to say something like “Listen to CNN”, which would result in the Stitcher app to launch with the CNN station. Any developer could do it (I tested a self made “Feet to Meters” converter, which worked flawlessly for everytime I’d say “Convert 15 feet to meters” or something like that).

    I wanted to work on the voice actions clone with the Android team as part of Google Summer of Code, but didn’t get through. Hopefully, they have a better alternative in mind.

  • road_runner123

    I would love to see a true ai cometo android. That would be the cats meow.

  • http://Beggarsbuyandroid.com AZ

    When people talk about useless google voice recognition for hours they are not fanboys but someone says Siri is awesome and that dude is a fanboy. WTF!! Apple won when the lovely androidandme.com website posted about Siri and when android trolls gathered for their little chat about Siri. :D Losers!!! Have you ever seen people fighting for iOS? Empty vessels make more f*cking noise you idiots. What a bunch wannabe numbers 1s!

  • dave

    I have Vlingo for Android.

    I have it set so that when I’m in the car it listens for my voice. I just have to say “Hey Vlingo” and it replies “what would you like to do Dave?”

    This always makes me think of HAL

  • Lee

    Funny you should mention it. I just read today where one reporter ask Siri to “Open the pod bay door” and Siri responded in a slow voice with the line from the movie, then it said “Are you happy now?”

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  • Nico

    Actually, the iPhone and iPod Touch had Voice Commands even before Siri was introduced. The existing Voice commands have been there since the old iOS and uses the same voice as Siri’s. If you’ve been using iOS’s Voice Command or Android’s Voice Control, you’d know that there’s a lot of difference in how Siri works.

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  • Vlingo is the best one out here, the right alternative to Siri. Love the cool features, especially the driving solution and voice activation feature.

  • TRS

    And here we are, end of February. Look how well Blandroid is doing compared to iOS. I’m all for competition, but Nothing Beats Mac and iOS. End of story.

  • Kevin

    Google Now dominates siri. And a talking animal, are you serious? Microsoft already tried that with their word paperclip and search dog and it was awful.

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    Why wait until ‘what Google’s been working on’?

    Google Play recently announced Cognito – The Ultimate Hands-Free Voice Recognition Assistant for Android! Search for the Cognito app on play dot google dot com .