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How Google Now was built (and a bit on Siri too)

0. phoneArena 10 Jul 2012, 12:47 posted on

You'll probably notice pretty quickly, but Google Now is a product/platform that really excites us. We can't say for sure that it will live up to the potential, but if it can, it could be something pretty special. Of course, Google didn't build this product alone, there was a long, strange journey to get here...

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posted on 10 Jul 2012, 13:17 9

4. sid07desai (Posts: 290; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Google is more credible for Android than Apple for Siri. When Google bought Android, it was just in the beginning stages. And then they came up with improvements like Ice Cream Sandwich on their own. And then they created Google Now. Their own creation. Apple did little to make certain changes to Siri but overall it cannot be credited to Apple. As far as efforts are concerned, I think Google has done a better job. But as Michael mentioned in the above comment, the comparison is silly. We users can only wait and see how these evolve on their own.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 18:34 1

31. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Agree 100%.

At its core...Siri was already developed before Apple bought it. Google Now wasnt.

Thats one of the big things about Apple that Apple, iPhone fanboys dont wanna admit. If Apple is innovative for buying companies, technology, apps and adding their twist to it....how can anyone say Google isnt?

It boggles the mind.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 13:21 9

5. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


The important thing is what works best for each user. For me there is no question, it's Google Now. I don't want to have a conversation with my phone, nor do I want to ask the same question time and time again (just have it ready for me already!), or be given incorrect answers (which happens a third of the time on siri). Google Now is already incredibly functional and it will only improve. And when voice search doesn't have an answer, it gives me a list of Google results that only improve the more I use my phone. Take note Apple... THIS is true innovation.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 15:44 4

24. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


what would be funny is if Google released an iOS version of Google Now...lol

you guys would be pissed huh? lol

looking at how its broken down its not impossible to happen... lol

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 16:10 5

25. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


it would probably become #1 on the App Store and would most likely reach out to previous iPhone models.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 21:41 1

33. SBrown (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Jul 2010)


I usually don't participate on these comment threads, but I must admit, that was an excellent civil comeback. +1

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 16:18

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


is quite posible at least from goggles side of things

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 21:49

34. MartyK (Posts: 847; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


It wouldn't surprise anyone if Google did place this on IOS or Window phones, in fact most Android Users wouldn't be upset at all.

Until, IOS Market dept and some crazy Ifan, start screaming out, "Google copy" and then Apple trieds to patent Google now.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 23:10 1

37. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


there are not enough hooks in the "google" apps on iOS to make it work the same. With Android, it comes with all the apps built in to the system. On iOS, not only would it take major app upgrades (like Maps for example.. huge difference between goog maps on android and iOS), it would also require that all those different Google apps be downloaded or preinstalled in iOS with additional hooks built into the OS itself (like Apple would allow that).

And you think the jokes about iOS becoming more "android" with each update is bad now? Just imagine what kind of jokes would be slinging if iOS had a mandatory "google apps" suite on it. lol. those jokes would never end. :)

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 19:17

32. satydesh (Posts: 71; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


android fans are really aggressive thats Power given by Open source to demand more!!!

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 00:20

38. dreign91 (Posts: 15; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Michael H I must say I feel a tad bit smarter every time I read your articles. I'm very excited for Google Now as well. Yes in the beginning there will be a learning curve, but with all the sources of info your phone can pull from (Gmail, currents, play store, search, places, etc) this has the potential to be legend....(wait for it).... dary! What will be truly awesome is when Google now is put together with the Google Glass project

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 21:33

45. alekhos (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Yeah...that would definitively shape a sheepish world, given the nature of Google Now, as explained by Michael. Think, already, with the proper training (this is kind of a A. I. software), Google Now can predict what info you need, but, as it was pointed out here, it would soon be telling you what to do and you would be like "Oh, ok I´ve forgotten that, thanks". Think that comes from your phone, which may be in your pocket, but maybe at some place not instantly reachable or even left over around (you may want to shower or have s** or something) and you might not get the notification instantly. Now think you´re wearing your glasses. How could you avoid being told most of the time what you should do or were you should be and how to get there fast? Of course you could choose NOT to pay attention...but the question is...when the time comes...will we "look to another side"?...wait, you can´t even do that! The thing is right before your eyes! And probably more sooner than later it will be sounding in your ears also...natural voice and all (perhaps a voice of your choice). Now get the whole picture...

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 07:03

43. ispeakevo (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


What's also interesting is how the author refers to Google road as being "messy" while saying Apple's is "cleaner"... Its this type of media baiting that helps perpetuate the Idea the idea and belief, apple is better, ahead, smoother, and more inventive.

It doesn't matter what the voice sounded like, but, in the 80's IBM computers was talking back to us. And regardless of the amount of mistakes, in the late 90's my Motorola phone was recognizing my voice. And before an actual device labeled as an Iphone came to market, Google understood what I was saying.

I'm just so tired of the blatant crap of bias misleading information that continues to flow from this venue of tech news.

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