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Google Marketplace Pulls ‘Official’ Siri for Android App

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 2, 2012

A few hours after the ‘official’ Siri for Android app was released to the wild, Google pulled it off the market right away—including Pinterest and all other apps created by the controversial developer ‘Official App.’ The app was released last December 28.

It was only yesterday that we posted the news of the app and how it was disappointing its users. When we wrote the article, the app had already been installed on over 1000 devices. But now, if you search for the app on Android Market, you’ll be directed to a number of other Siri clones and third party apps. However, the app in question is no longer available.

The app, which was actually a shortcut to activate [...]

 
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No Such Thing as Official Siri for Android App

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 2, 2012

Due to the strict competition between Android and iOS, Apple has no plans of letting other platforms use Siri. Siri is a voice-activated virtual assistant that was recently introduced along the launch of the new iPhone 4S. Because of its features, many Android users have been hoping that Siri will also be making an entry for them. As a result, Android developers have come up with their own Siri-like apps. Google has even been reported to come up with Majel, an app believed to be a strong opponent of Siri.

Just recently though, a new app has been making heads turn—for both Android and iOS users. Even with Apple’s decision, there are some developers who have not [...]

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Meet Majel, Siri’s Fiercest Match

by: Christine TorralbaDecember 16, 2011

 

If there’s one thing tempting us to convert to the iPhone 4S, it would be Siri—the featured voice-activated personal assistant on the device. Well, almost.

Before we could even wipe away the saliva from our faces (yes, we do admit it’s a really cool feature we’re jealous of), we received word that Android will be having its very own rival to Siri. This time, our own assistant has been called Majel, relating to Majel Barrett-Roddenberry who, for many die hard Star Trek fans remember as the voice of the Federation Computer. Beat that iPhone 4S!

In theory, Majel is actually ‘an evolution of Google’s Voice Actions that is currently available on most [...]

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Best “Siri-Like” Apps for Android Devices (The Best of Paid and Free)

by: Matthew SabatiniNovember 26, 2011

If you have not noticed, Apple’s personal assistant Siri, has basically become one of the coolest things to do on a smartphone. So where does that leave all of us Android people? Perhaps a little bit jealous. Although Google’s voice search commands were created first, “You Don’t Have To Be First, You Just Have To Be The Best”. Since we know that you are not switching to an iPhone just for Siri, we have a great list of apps that will “assist” you on your Android device thanks to InfoWorld.

EVA Intern

EVA Intern is a very nice “Siri” alternative for Android users. Some of the main features are shake to activate, [...]

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Siri One Line of Code Away from Android

by: JoseNovember 21, 2011

Imagine, Siri running in an Android device. Do you think it’s possible? It might be. The iPhone 4S’s “personal assistant” may be easy to port to Android devices, if findings of a reverse engineering effort by Applidium prove to be true.

Applidium, a company that specializes in mobile software development, found a way to reverse engineer Siri. And, the devs are giving out all the necessary tools to port Siri into different devices for free.  Gizmodo actually believes that only a line of code is keeping Siri from running on Android devices.

How did Applidium do it?  The software developers from Applidium just played around with the fact that [...]

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Android Developers Create Siri Rival “Iris” in Less Than 8 Hours

by: Matthew SabatiniOctober 24, 2011

The newest feature to hit smartphones is, as I like to call it, the imaginary friend feature. Now, you never have to talk to anyone again–evar. Your phone can do it for you. But, seriously, let me give you a little background about this new feature:

October 14 – Apple introduces Siri, “Your Personal Assistant” October 19 – Andy Rubin talks at AsiaD and says, “People should talk to people.” Now – Iris. (alpha) hits the Android Market and provides Siri-like functionalityVideo

When iOS 5 was released, Apple put much emphasis on its new feature called Siri:

“Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to [...]

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iOS 5’s Top 6 Features That Android Users Already or Can Also Enjoy

by: Alvin YbañezOctober 20, 2011

 

The recently released iPhone 4S–bearing the latest iOS 5–has brought fascinating features that will truly entertain iPhone users, leaving many non-Apple users drooling.

Android users, however, are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy some of iOS 5’s lovely features–not necessarily in an exactly similar experience, but in a similar experience of functionality.

And, so, in this post, we discuss six of the “most-coveted” iOS 5 functionalities that many Android users don’t know are already within their reach.

Rather than arguing about which operating system is better, this post instead alerts Android users to the presence of [...]

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Voice Actions for Android vs Apple’s Siri – Will the Better Software Please Speak Up?

by: Ronald UyOctober 13, 2011

Voice-activated software has been around for quite some time now. So, to be genuinely excited about any of these, someone must have done something right.

However, the problem with these types of programs is that you have to talk in an almost robotic tone to make them actually do something. This could be frustrating even for an English instructor and even harder for us who don’t possess flawless communication skills.

How Does Voice Activation Work?

Voice recognition software aims to make our life easier by letting us “speak” our commands rather than typing them into a device or using our fingers to push buttons. Just imagine the possibility of surfing the [...]

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Apple Flattering Android by Imitating Android’s Voice Actions Feature

by: Matthew SabatiniOctober 5, 2011

Apple's Siri Voice Commands

At its meeting today, Apple released one key piece of iOS 5 that was not much talked about before–Siri.  In April of this year, Apple had acquired Siri, “your personal assistant,” for somewhere around US$100 to US$200 million. At the time, most people didn’t think much of it. However, Apple has now made it a key part of the new iOS 5, using the catchphrase “Your wish is its command.”

Recently, I expressed my thoughts about iOS 5 in an article about the top 5 features that iOS 5 copied from Android. After this morning’s announcement, you can chalk up another point for [...]

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