Google's Siri competitor may be called Majel
As many Android users already know, Google has been collecting voice samples for a long time through its Voice Search app and dictation, and through that Google has learned quite a lot about how users ask for information, which is the key to creating "natural language" recognition. Word has it that the mysterious Google X team has been working on Majel and may release an early version of the update by the beginning of 2012, but that would only bring the natural language update to Google searches. The full update with voice commands would likely become available later next year.
Of course, once the base release is done, it's very likely that 3rd party voice command apps on Android could take advantage of the new features before Google puts out the full release, because most of those apps are built on Google's voice recognition engine. Also, the codename does support something that Matias Duarte had said which was that Google doesn't aim to add personality to the voice system, but rather have everything be voice-enabled. So, it's far more likely if your Android talks to you, it will be called "Android" not Majel.
source: Android and Me
1. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I figured some new like this would pop up.
Honestly, I can't really say Google is working off the popularity of Siri because this "personal assistant" is really the next step for smart phones. As people are using their smartphones for more and more jobs, input using the finger is sometimes out of the question. Vocal commands will be what we naturally go to, especially when driving. I think Google will do a great job with a voice assistant since search is their thing. And in the mean time, competition will make Siri even better. Win/Win.
3. Skyrim (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Why did you get voted down? That sounded reasonable to me and i agree
6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Some people don't like reason. Trust me on that.
9. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Yep. I realized that extremist opinions like "Apple sux" or "Android is the beeeest" get the most upvotes.
I think people think reasonable posts are too long to read.
29. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
i wouldn't thumb this down, but i don't agree... voice control can be useful and sometimes fun, but it can hardly replace or change the way we use smartphones...
- noisy environment (it's hard to find quiet places today)
- privacy (you don't see people walking down the street talking trough speakerphone, do you?)
- voice recognition will probably never be as accurate as the keyboard, so it will never be as fast
- "Siri, will i need an umbrella tomorrow?" will never be as practical as taking a look at your homescreen widget
So, it's good that Google is going at it from a different angle...
I think that voice comands would be much more useful on home appliances than smartphones.
14. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the code name doesnt surprise me one bit. I would never have known rodenberry's wife's name, but knowing she is the computer voice for the ship its right up googles alley to make the reference. its a nice nod. at least its not named hal5000. :)
2. brenner182 (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
^ i agree. Everythign is going to swithc to voice here in the next two years.
4. andro. (Posts: 1990; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
This will be released as seeing as most android users have sense they will see the fun in it and the not use it much as the novelty will wear off after not too long,unlike all those teenage ifans who still find it funny to ask siri on a daily basis how big a part of their anatomy is 5 times a day.
16. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i use my voice commands all the time. i could care less about the siri sarchasm, but more functionality is always appreciated.
5. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
just waiting for someone to mention that google is ''copying'' apple lol
7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
All of those guys are too busy shouting about that dynamic icons article. if you're looking for a fight, that's the comment thread to be in
26. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
trust me i hate the fanboys/girls as much as i can...less of them the better...i just thought the title of this article would most definitely feed the trolls lol.
28. roscuthiii (Posts: 1949; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
I think it's great that Michael participates in the commentary whether I agree with him or not sometimes.
Much better than those that just drop a pile of crap in front of you and walk away.
11. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
And Here goes your hate comment #8 just got back from school
8. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
But of course google is not copying the iphone :)
Siri is the obvious next step after they ridiculed it :)
Just like touchscreen phones were the obvious next big thing after they ridiculed the iphone when it first came out :)
And again, just like tablets are the obvious next big thing after they ridiculed the ipad :)
But of course, no one is copying Apple's releases :)
12. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
No one is copying apple releases :) glad to see you agree
17. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
danger.. danger will robinson.. danger.. troll alert.. trolls on the rise.. danger.. danger!
18. ElectroManiac (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
You are making it sound like Siri was the first voice assistance ever made on a phone. When in reality voice assistance exist on phones before Siri. Siri is more better done though, but is not the first.
So you could say that Apple copies to.
19. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Evolution is one thing. Copying is another. But what's worst is, copying someone's evolutions and riding on to someone else's successful efforts :)
From the ipod, to the iphone, to the ipad, and now to siri. Apple managed to think differently, gave a fresh meaning to existing technologies that no one thought of, took the risk of putting it out there, and made it successful. And then comes google/android taking advantage of Apple's big hits :)
How.....convenient :) And then comes fandroids blurting one cliches, "that tech has been out there for years". Yes, but who took it to the next level and made it a BIG & RELEVANT hit? APPLE, NOT google :)
20. ElectroManiac (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Have you already tried this new Voice assistance from Google? How do you know it wont be an evolution?
Stop trying to spin your rhetoric logic.
33. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
"How do you know it wont be an evolution?"
Because it comes from Google. After Google loses in the bid for Nortel's patents, it commited to buy Motorola and subsequenly gives acess to a patent to HTC so HTC could sue Apple. That's Google for you.
38. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
@electromaniac. You're not getting it. NO ONE made a big deal of google's voice assistance crap. Why? Because there was nothing special about it. There are tons of comparison videos on YouTube that shows how google voice misses and Siri hits on accuracy. Stop playing dumb :)
23. robinrisk (unregistered)
ohhh come on!!! Google was working on this way before the iPhone 4s.
If it gave it a name, given the fact that people like it, it just means that Google is stepping up its Marketing.
And honestly, marketing is arguably what google did not do correctly.
AAAND i love how google is that geeky!
25. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)
ha and where did you see this, back up your argument pal.
39. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
@robinrisk. No one cares if google has been working on voice apps since the ice age. It's what gets released and what works that matters :) And Siri is brilliant.
The only thing that google is stepping up is in ripping off Apple's successes :)
27. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
who says google is going to copy siri..just as siri is an evolution of voice command etc magel hopefully is an evolution of their own voice command...google have been collecting voice samples for many years so i wouldnt be surprised if their next iteration is way superior...at the moment siri is limited to a few apps...googles voice command can use 3rd party apps already and once they add natural language to it,it will be superior hopefully/
40. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
@taz. The same old argument from fandroids. "Google has been working on it for a long time.". Then why haven't they released their Siri-like voice app before Siri? Why wait until Apple releases it first? Lol.
Google/android is a rip off of Apple's successful products :) They wait for Apple evolutions first, before they release their own. Again, how.......convenient :)
24. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)
there is a big distance between a voice assistant and a voice assistant AI.
31. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Voice activated menus don't count as "voice assistance" in the same sense as Siri as Siri is consider AI.
32. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
only an idiot considers Siri an AI. There is no artificial intelligence in being able to recognize the same command 4 ways instead of 1 way. Canned sarcasm is also not AI. We are many years from AI on a real computer much less on a toy like a cell phone which has nowhere near the power.
If siri is AI, then so was Teddy Ruckspin dolls back in the 80s.
35. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Too bad he's right.
Siri is absolutely not AI. There is a long list of commands it recognizes and it responds in a certain way.
It links those commands and responses together to form a conversation format but if you think Siri is AI then you are somehow even dumber than I thought already.
42. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
@iamcc. Ahhhh, how sweet. A fandroid agreeing to another fandroid. Kiss...kiss :)
Siri does speak to you like a person, but it is not. So it does show artificial intelligence :) And it's a big hit. And since it's a big hit. Google/android is ready to rip it off :)
41. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
@remix. There are tons of reviews of Siri that has considered it as an AI, or maybe it is. Who knows? Who cares? It works. And who are you to say what's AI and what's not? To a degree, Siri does show AI. Siri is able to respond to you like a person, but it is not. And what would you call that again? ARTIFICIAL INTELLEGENCE :)
10. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
About the article, I think for now, voice command is only needed/useful when you have your hands busy.
It takes too long to process your request. With your fingers you can add a reminder or make a call much faster.
And yes, as much as people think it was ridicule, if it becomes mainstream everyone must adopt it.
It's how you survive competition.
Like iPhone with dual core, Ipad with camera, future iPhone theoretically with bigger screen.
530gemini, won't you buy a 4" iPhone because Jobs said 3.7" was the perfect size and Apple would stick to that? Apple did not copy, Apple is fighting it's competition.
36. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I disagree about voice commands... I use them all the time. Last night as i'm walking out to my car I press and hold the search button
"Send text to Mike [last name] ... Trivia tonight?" the phone types exactly that to exactly the right person and vibrates for me when it's complete... so I never even have to look at the phone while i'm walking. I press send, done.
I also use voice commands to set alarms. "Set alarm for 5:30AM" done.
Maybe i'm a weirdo but honestly I almost NEVER actually type on my phone, i've been using Google's voice recognition since the D1 and with personalized recognition it's amazingly accurate.
15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7035; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I'm not quite sure if I want GOOGLE to make a SIRI wanna be. this Siri was bad enough already.
21. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
A "logical" and "fascinating" step forward would be a real time and continuos voice triggering / activation: siri and other voice recognition software may be fun, but they lose all they usefulness because we still need to press a button to activate them. If I'm so close to the phone at this point I can do all by myself. With Majel would be great a voice activation ala star trek: "computer" *sound* "tell me the recipe of spaghetti alla carbonara"
I just imagine a near future while I can talk with the phone via bluetooth headset while washing dishes, while painting the house. Would be also great when you lose your phone in the house: "computer" *sound* "where are you?" - "In your pants, retard"
43. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Why thanks sniggly :) Now let's wait for remix to reply and pretend that he's smarter than those people in that article that considers Siri as an AI, or at least line up some excuses :)
44. ak47shay (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
Majel sounds cool, but Samsung should never copy Siri ...it
should have some thing extraordinary than just Siri ( Which is more like
chat BOT), i have usedhttp://www.myBantu.com
(myBantu) a awesome mobile app for personalized recommendation engine
with great utility of Social intelligence. If Samsung tries out some
thing like myBantu it will definitely revolutionizes the way mobile is
been ever used!