Though the world is captivated by Siri and her charming ways, old-skoolers know better that she’s not the first virtual assistant to be offering such service. Siri may have brought some personality to the table, alongside her ability to respond to natural language and understand context, albeit in a limited way, but the technology itself is nothing new. In fact, man’s dream to command devices using nothing but voice dates back to the 1950s. Here’s a brief look of how speech recognition technology has come along since the old days and what the future has in store in this fascinating field.1950s – 1990s
Speech recognition technology was in its infancy in the [...]
This just in! Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit for inaccurate portrayal of Siri in advertisement. In other news, movie goers are suing the producer of “The Never Ending Story” when they found out the movie only ran for 1 hour and 34 minutes. In all seriousness, though, it appears that honeymoon time is over for Siri – as the intelligent voice assistant that resides on Apple iPhone 4S has been hit by several minor setbacks in recent days.
The class action lawsuit against Apple is as real as it gets. A guy by the name Frank Fazio, representing other disgruntled buyers, has filed for the lawsuit because Siri apparently failed to work as advertised. According [...]
Continuing our Majel piece last December on Google’s answer for an all-around personal assistant that lives inside your Android smartphones to challenge Siri, we’re pleased to inform that some new information has trickled out. As first reported by Tech Crunch, it seems Google is prepping a major release of its voice assistant this year. Gone is the old name Majel that it was initially known as. Removing the Majel name from the equation, Google has possibly decided to call it the ‘Assistant’ instead.
According to the source, the Android team that is in charge with the development, along with the help of the company’s search engineer Amit Singhai, has been hard at work [...]
Just because Android created Google voice control features first, that does not necessarily mean that they are the best. In fact, Apple’s Siri has become very popular because it is not based on specific commands and controls like Google’s “Voice Commands” is. In fact, you can say practically anything to Siri and it will spit out some sort of answer. Therefore, as soon as Siri was released, Android application developers went to work. As of right now, numerous alternatives exist in the Android Market. Some are better than others and have their advantages and disadvantages.
Furthermore, “Iris” (Siri spelled backwards), was one of the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]