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Should your phone be a personal assistant?

0. phoneArena 21 Oct 2011, 10:11 posted on

There's been a lot of talk about Siri these days and iPhone's attempt to turn your phone into a personal assistant, but Andy Rubin doesn't believe that's what phones should be for. What do you think?...

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posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:25

24. Whateverman (Posts: 3283; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I agree and Andy should reconsider. There are many useful features in Siri that other OSs would be wise to duplicate.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 18:02

101. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


the only ones who think is it is islaves but then seeing as android users have had this technology a year ago its worn thin,much like apple managers and islaves were crying in tv ads over the joy of facetime while most had got bored of it in 2005 in nokia phones

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 20:06

108. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@andro. Stop it already with your prelude that android had this years ago. I know why you keep on saying this. Because you know that google will copy Siri, and you can say that android already had it before Siri, right? Lol. No one made a big deal of android's voice apps because it was inaccurate and useless. Siri is the biggest thing ever. And of course that's hard for you to accept once again that Apple hit another homerun. So you cover it up by saying that android had this already, hahahahahaha, when you know very well that android's voice apps are inferior to Siri.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 21:25 1

116. remixfa (Posts: 14471; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow.. your a nutter.

you know that siri was just an app on the market that WAS available already.. then apple bought it, pulled it from the market, and made it the only real selling feature of iOS5? Why because they failed and couldnt do it themselves.

People didnt make a big deal about androids voice controls because android didnt make a big deal out of it. like everything else, its one of 3000 things u can do on the phone. its a big deal on iOS because iOS does NOTHING. Its just voice commands with some pre canned semi-witty banter programed in. if thats a home run to you, you really do have lowered expectations.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 11:54 3

9. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Of course hoards of android fanboys won't see smartphones as an assistant. But of course they'll change their minds as soon as android comes up with their own, lol. They always SHAMELESSLY do.

When you talk to Siri. Does the person accross the street knows whether you're talking to Siri or another person? Nope. When you're in your car talking to Siri to set up an appointment or something, does the driver in the car next to you knows that you're talking to Siri and not another person. Nope. It's just a matter of getting used to it. And it's fun. It's a DIFFERENT way of doing things. And it does make your phone SMARTER. Who wouldn't want that? Android fanboys for now. But they will want it as soon as android copies it :)

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:04 3

11. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I love the presumption here. Is it like how iFanboys didn't give a rat's ass about proper notifications until Apple copied Android? Or how about not caring about an 8 megapixel camera until that was thrown in? You guys won't care about proper multitasking until Apple gives it to you, and then you'll be all "YEAHHH! WHO'S LAUGHING NOW, BITCHES! HAHAHAHA!" See what I'm doing here?

Name one feature that Android users claimed not to care about until Android got it.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:07

13. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Android has been doing this for a while dude just not in the conversation format. Get over yourself.

Apple took what people loved about Android and they improved on it.


PS. When I say "they" obviously I mean the company that actually created the software, not Apple.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:14 3

15. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Yes and you did not had a OS to talk until google (Andy Rubin) steal the OS concept from Apple.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:15 1

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Did you know iPhone has had voice commands since 2009?

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:16 3

19. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Except Android has been in existence since 2003. And under Google's control since 2005. And was released just over a year after the iPhone. The concept of iOS was not stolen from Apple.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:26 1

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


so on your commands you could call numbers outside your directory , set alarms and events, get directions to places, send text messages, do notes to seft and search any content on the web and take dictation?

Like it or not Siri evolved from what android had and added a certain level or artificial intelligence so instead of hearing different tones you would hear a human voice

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:27 1

26. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Do you remember "pinch-to-zoom" .........

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:32 1

28. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


and pinch to zoom is a whole OS right lol everyone copies everyone when something becomes popular but it seems only apple and its fans get hurt when someone copies apple lol

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:34

29. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


It did talk to you, but it was voice commands not natural speech. What android had that iPhone was voice text entry.

Now iPhone has taken back the lead.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:35

31. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Don't say that Andy Rubin didn't work for Apple (1989-1992) and General Magic (an Apple spin-off) where he develop mobile OS and interface.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:37 1

34. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Was it necessary to have the first paragraph lashing out? Couldn't you just play the game in a civil manner and be a part of the conversation rather than trying to start a fight?

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:41 2

35. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


taco50 WILL claim Apple had those features. We all know Android had those features & in 2009 Apple copied them. Now they buy Siri from Nuance & say they invented it. It's the same vicious cycle over & over. iSheep WILL make things up & they will say some bogus stuff. YOU do have a point on all that you stated protozeloz!

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:42

37. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


It's in response to the constant trolling of Apple

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:44 1

38. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I stated a fact Apple has had voice commands for a long time even though android fanboys try to pretend it didn't.


Apple bought Siri. Great did you know google BOUGHT android? What's your point?

Fandroids don't like facts.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:45 4

39. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


taco you are probably the worst troll on this site. I have almost never seen you give valuable input into a conversation and i've been reading PhoneArena for awhile now.

It's absolutely pathetic, and you need to grow the hell up.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:46 1

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


the only commands I remember was for music playback and calling on your directory.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:47 4

41. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


"Android has been doing this for a while dude just not in the conversation format. Get over yourself.

Apple took what people loved about Android and they improved on it.


PS. When I say "they" obviously I mean the company that actually created the software, not Apple."

Where do I say Apple did not have voice commands? You don't even read posts you just have a knee-jerk "THEY MUST BE A FANBOY" response.

I think PhoneArena should have a poll, and it should be whether or not to ban taco50 by ip address (if possible). He is the worst thing that ever happened to this site.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:48 2

43. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And what out of those companies looked remotely like Android before Rubin and his cohorts developed it? Android is based entirely on software that Apple did not even come close to developing. It uses the Webkit browser, sure, but that's an open source project meant to be used by everyone as a framework. The OS itself is not Apple's property, nor does it bear closer resemblance to Apple's property than anything else.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:53 1

45. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have used every iPhone. The voice commands you talk about are very grade school like. Nothing on like what Android has had. In 2009 Apple had its voice commands on the level of pre-k. Siri is something that is like & on Android's level. To catch up to Android, Apple had to buy Siri. Google bought Android way back when. The smartphone game then was not what it is today.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:57 3

46. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


did you know that my circa 2006 lg flip phone had the exact same voice commands iphone had up until the 4s? voice commands are nothing new, and siri has borught a great new twist on them to the market and android will undoubtedly try to capitalize on it as well, doesnt make either one inferiror to the other. both doing the same thing in different ways

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 12:58 3

47. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1733; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


so troll the trolls....makes sense

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 13:02

48. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


There was more. I could tell it to dial a number by saying the number for example. I could ask it what time it was.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 13:03

49. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


do you really think that Apple is already in the works of the iOS on those years? Where cellphones barely exists? come on..

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 13:03 1

50. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Siri does more than android

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 13:04

51. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I realize that. Android fanboys act like google invented voice commands.

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