Siri co-founder leaves Apple
0. phoneArena 24 Oct 2011, 06:29 posted on
Siri co-founder and an important person in establishing Siri all the way until it was acquired by Apple in April 2010, Dag Kittlaus, has left Apple…
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1. zeke117 (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
and then google contracts the guy, and the voice command on ios (siri) will look like S**T xD
18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
haha and then apple sues them and makes a lot of money and google really cant do anything except whine about it...
29. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Apple usually doesn't sue for money. That's Microsoft's M.O. Apple is out for blood. With how they are suing Samsung and HTC, they want injunctions against them to stop production.
2. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
something tells me there was some internal turmoil. noone drops a huge position like "director of iphone apps" to go "focus on other things".
4. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Some people find family time more important than status.
I am not saying this is one of those cases though, :)
9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Yes I agree, to leave & not enjoy the fruits of your labor seems suspicions to me. We will never know what goes on behind closed doors at Apple but to me internal turmoil could be very true. The man looks too young for an excuse like that. I could be 100% wrong, but as business man to me it does look a little strange for such a abrupt departure. I guess we will never know!
11. andro. (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
agreed,was definitely internal turmoil most probably apple trying to massively overstep the boundaries of control again. This is no adobe ie. a separate entity or company,siri was bought out by apple and as so this Poor Dag Kittlaus had no choice but to bow to apples overlord dominion. The only way for him was to leave no doubt in 'Amicable' ways.......Lets see how long it is before he gets picked up by a free and open platform!!
14. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
every bit of that comment was android fanboy just so u know ^
15. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Apple trying to control....their own product???!! Ghastly! Those fiends!
3. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Maybe I'm missing something, but my Galaxy S II does the same things that Siri does. Sets alarm clocks, opens apps, opens texting and sends texts, gets me directions and so forth, all at the request of my voice. The only thing, my phone doesn't backtalk :)
Wonder why he left.
5. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
You are right because i have used this feature on both phones and SIRI by far understands me better. Or maybe it's because the voice recognition is from 'nuance' and i been using them to write projects for years.
17. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I agree that Android is capable of the majority of the same functions... but as someone who owns a Thunderbolt and uses voice commands on a daily basis, I would take Siri if someone offered it to me.
No, I do not think it is as ground breaking as it is advertised to be, but I wouldn't mind being able to speak to it in more of a conversation format rather than a simple command.
Bottom line is that both Siri and Android get the job done but in my opinion Siri is a more elegant way to do it.
7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Maybe Dag wants to spend more time with his family and work near them? He has now put himself 'on the market' as it were. It will be interesting to see who picks him up.
If he shows up at Google, we may get to see if Steve really passed away....
12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Besides, he probably had to agree to guide Siri along until it made its first production release on the iPhone as a condition of the acquisition (and his share of the acquisition price got vested). Now Dag is free (if he doesn't get sued for moving to Google if that is where he ends up).
8. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
it is a good time to retire early and enjoy a good life.
13. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Hmmm, and yet, my Android phone reads back to me my emails....SIRI does not do that.
16. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Yes it does. You can select text throughout the entire OS and it will read it back to you.
26. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 421; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)
wait... seriously? thats how it works??? LOL!!!! i can choose anything on my phone and it will read it to me. isnt the point that u dont need to LOOK at your phone... if i have to look and select what i want read then what good is it? id just read it.
27. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Show me evidence of an Android phone getting an emil, and automatically read it back to you with no interaction with the phone whatsoever.
30. koutrelakos (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)
If I'm listening to music on my headphones, and I hear the notification that I've received a new text or email, i simply hold the mic button for Siri, say "read message" and it does it. Phone is still in my pocket. This 4S is my first Apple product, had Android since the OG Droid and will be purchasing the Nexus Prime or the Razr next month to interchange with my 4S.
Oh, I also have a Xoom, waiting patiently for ICS.
21. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
typical fandroid posting without really knowing anything.
19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Siri is nothing new. Android has had this since 2003.
22. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well, the cover story about Kittlaus's parting may ne true, but Jobs has a troubling track record of playing cuckoo wasp to companies, getting in on them and then ousting founding members to take their place through shady means. He did it to Pixar, he did it to Apple when he came back. Of course he's dead now, but Nuance was acquired before he died, and Apple was rumored to have set up a system to keep doing things the Jobs way.
23. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Spouting non sense again? You should read his biography so at least you'll know what you're talking about. I'm sure there's some shady app on android where you can download it free. I know you don't like paying for stuff.
24. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
"I know you don't like paying for stuff."
I love the generalization here. Tell me, Taco, since you can see so far into me, to what extent do I "not like to pay for stuff"? Do you mean to insinuate that I constantly steal? Do you mean to insinuate that sometimes I'd rather see if I can obtain something for free if I'm not sure plunking down my hard earned cash wouldn't be a gigantic waste?
Have you read the biography yourself? I've read the introduction and part of the first chapter. (free preview from Amazon). It's promising. There's supposed to be good and bad in there. We'll see what details get revealed in the biography.
31. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
"free" I knew that was the key word for you. Most android users pick it because it's easy to pirate music and apps plus there's a ton of free apps on it. They also hate to spend a few extra bucks for expandable memory. This despite the lack of support from OEM's and the buggy software.
32. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I've never pirated an app. I only pirated one soundtrack because I couldn't find it in stores. And I'm more than willing to pay for an SD card. So you're wrong, wrong and wrong.
But it is nice not to have to wrestle with iTunes.
33. jbash (Posts: 343; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
whats wrong in being frugle and not wasting money. I can pay .99 for angry birds or get it for free on android. free is always better when the end result is the same.