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LG Quick Voice virtual assistant official, to take on S Voice and Siri
More and more companies are looking to bring voice recognition support to their devices, especially smartphone and tablet makers, complete with advanced virtual assistant features. Samsung has S Voice, a feature available only on the Galaxy S3 at this time and seen as the company’s response to Apple’s Siri assistant and today LG announced its own similar “intelligent voice recognition” software called Quick Voice.
LG’s virtual assistant is apparently scheduled to hit various Android smartphones part of the Optimus family, such as the Optimus Vu and Optimus LTE II, which are getting Quick Voice in June and July, respectively.
As expected, Quick Voice is going to offer some of the same features that are available from S Voice and/or Siri. LG smartphone owners that will have Quick Voice installed will be able to make phone calls, send text messages and emails, search the web, setup alarms, make calendar appointments by only using voice commands instead of manually launching apps and typing text.
However, it is not clear at this time how many languages the new service will support initially and whether international customers will have access to LG’s Quick Voice assistant at the same time with South Korean smartphone users.
What’s clear though is that virtual assistants are going to become more important in the future, as smartphone and tablet makers find new ways of integrating them in future devices. Apple has recently announced that Siri will be available on the new iPad starting with iOS 6 and that it will offer additional features and support more international languages. Furthermore, Siri is still in beta, which means the company will continue to update it in the future.
We expect Samsung, LG and other Android device makers to continue to grow their own virtual assistants in the future, not to mention that Google is working on its own voice-based solution, dubbed Majel, which may soon be properly demoed and launched.