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Siri wannabes sprout in Android Market and the Windows Phone Marketplace

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Siri wannabes sprout in Android Market and the Windows Phone Marketplace
Developers eager to capitalize on the growing popularity of Apple's voice-controlled assistant Siri are outing apps both for Android Market and the Windows Phone Marketplace, which try to mimic the looks or features of Apple's popular voice recognition software. Some of them are admittedly created for the fun of it, as the developers explicitly state in the description, although the wrath of Apple's legal team has been unleashed on such fairly innocent pastimes before.

In Android Market we have "Siri for Android", which emulates the famous icon of Apple's piece of software, but gets you to Google's Voice Controls when pressed. Granted, the developer warns in the description what it does, but nevertheless more than a 1000 people downloaded the app, and some got frustrated it isn't actually what it says on the label. Then there is an app that outright claims it is "Fake Siri for Android", and the author explicitly states "This app is created just for fun!", mimicking the Siri interface, but spitting out words praising Android, in the iconic female voice.

Windows Phone developers also followed suit, and now there is Mitini in the Marketplace, which builds on a previous project by the developer, that returns weather forecasts and math calculations in exchange for your voice commands. Look at the video below for Mitini in action.



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posted on 02 Jan 2012, 10:10 3

1. musi722 (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


they can do nothing except coping coping and coping Apple!!!

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 10:16 8

2. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Don't worry. It are the developpers who are in fault.

Here's something i read about one of the clones (a quote).

"Siri has obviously has not been ported to Android, as the app was discovered to merely be a shortcut with a Siri-like icon that pointed to Google’s own built-in voice recognition engine. The app’s developer also called itself “Official App,” which was clearly designed to confuse people into thinking the app was, well, official.

Google has since taken note, and the offending app is now gone from the Android Market…"

gj google for this. what google needs to do is having more rules for their market in the near future. There's to many scam and other apps that don't do what they supposed to do out ther.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 11:49

5. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


Like there aren't for iOS?

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 11:58 5

6. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Yes recently for example there was an app for ios that just showed some photo's from minecraft. The app wasn't a game like it said.

But since android market is more open source there's no denying more scam, fake apps get acces into it.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 11:59 3

7. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


Did Apple 'invent' Siri in first place? No. They bought it over.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 12:23 2

9. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


This isn't really copying Apple. Voice activated actions are just the next logical step in smartphones. We use our phones for almost every aspect of our lives now, while doing other things. Sure, Apple has pioneered natural speaking voice commands, but this was bound to happen regardless.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 11:41 2

4. robinrisk (unregistered)


I dont know whats the deal with siri. Its a better voice actions application, that's it. But it does not offer significant improvements over Voice Actions, imo.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 13:28 2

12. c1985 (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


It is actually a huge step up because it does not rely on the same command structure that every other voice activation software uses..

ex.
"Play Gnarls Barkley" is a direct command in a specific structure...

"Play Alternative Music" is also a direct command but Siri infers that I want all of my alternative music shuffled and looped until I stop it.

It is not a huge difference but the possibilities of organic control structures are endless because a system can be programmed to learn what you mean when you say "text Bryan", so it texts your friend Bryan and not your boss Bryan.

With all that being said, I have a 4S and have only used Siri as a party trick.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 12:01

8. Phaze0085 (Posts: 102; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


When will Mitini be available for WP7?

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 12:28

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6740; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


LMFAO funniest news Ive heard

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 12:42 2

11. 1701nino (unregistered)


Well,well,well if The fandroids aren't atacking apple again. You just can't admit that in some areas apple has better technology then google.
Strike one;(

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 16:11 1

13. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


and in some ways...i mean all ways its ''than'' not ''then''
also im not a fandroid i like all the OS'
every OS has its own thing...even symbian

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 17:02 2

14. Gdrye (Posts: 109; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


I think that instead of fighting that we all need to realize that we got basically 2 choices, they are different and similar, me, after having a iphone for 4 years i got tired of buying the same phone over again, so i went android and love how they always use newer technology, but i do miss the stability that comes from bringing out the same phone over and over with few modifications. I think for android to be better they need to set the standard, like with the nexus and you can either make the phone more powerful or the same, no lower end models.

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