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Siri was meant as Verizon DROID exclusive before Steve Jobs snatched it

0. phoneArena 23 Jan 2013, 09:20 posted on

The partnership with Siri's founders and Verizon fell apart because Steve Jobs outright bought Siri asking for exclusivity, and the fact of the matter is that Apple scooped the service and made one of the most commented features in mobile, prompting Google and the others to speed up their voice-recognition efforts...

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posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:25 43

1. MeoCao (unregistered)


And thank you very much Mr. Jobs. Android has Google Now which is way better.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:50 5

7. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


+1, Word!

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:59 3

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4025; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


But Siri is more intuitive.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 10:04 11

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5494; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Drunk Driver Hit and RUN!! Plus iPhone Siri 911 voice call FAIL!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k08hO00S7ng

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 10:17 11

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


How? I mean, really, how?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:37 6

20. tedkord (Posts: 5113; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Its got the Apple logo on the back. Thats all people like him need.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 18:20 1

51. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4025; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Because it is.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:32 7

19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4103; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Every comparison you see between Google Now and Siri, Google Now comes on top. There's really no contest. Siri is slower to give answers, doesn't recognize voice as well, and doesn't have as many personal features as Google Now. Just because Siri talks back more, that means it's better? No.

Maybe you should post some sources along with your claims. My source is just about EVERY video comparison of Google Now and Siri. What's yours?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 14:16

40. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


But understand that Google Now, which isn't that big of a deal also, wouldn't be around if Siri wasn't here first... I'm not saying its a copy but coming out with a product after someone else did it...it should have an advantage as it has taken what's already there and made improvements. I'm not sure what tests you are viewing but in all my experiences w/Siri...can't ever say i can define it as "slow".

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 18:10 1

50. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Take a look at the article on PA about Siri vs Google Now...

http://www.phonearena.com/news/How-Google-Now-was-built-and-a-bit-on-Siri-too_id32033

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-Nows-intelligent-push-shows-Siri-the-future_id31967

Google Now was probably in development around the time Verizon wanted to buy Siri. According to that article...parts of it was in development before 2010...Siri was a complete product when Apple bought it. There is no 2 ways around that...sorry to the article writer of the link I posted...lol. This article proves that if Verizon was gonna buy it in 2010. Apple might have made changes and added stuff....but it was more of a complete product than Google Now. If you read those 2 links I posted ...you will see why so many say Google Now is better than Siri...and why its a big deal.

This is a key difference betwen them both when they both launched: from one of the articles...

"Intelligent Push

The basic difference is this: Siri demands that you ask for something before you can get it. Google Now intends to learn what you want, and understand when you want it, and have it ready for you. Siri is always an active interaction. Google Now wants to bring the information to you without being asked. Of course, we have to put in words like "intends" and "wants to" because we haven't seen enough of Google Now to know if it will work as planned, but the idea remains the same."

Google kept on with the development process until Siri was released by Apple. I think a search lawsuit by Apple made Google make changes sooner than later that makes Google Now what it is today....the best part of Google Now is it gives you info based on some things you set up or your search history. So thank you Apple...lol.

I dont what the devs who made Siri was doing...and we see from the articles what Apple did with Siri. But Google took that idea and improved on it......alot. Siri had an update recently to try to give you info like Google Now...and I called it that Apple was gonna do that. Google Now vs Siri and Google Maps vs Apple Maps....almost a no contest in each case. The voice recognition alone makes it almost a no contest. Siri and Stallions....too funny....lol. I dont know if Apple updated the voice part yet. But it needs to if it didnt.

Google Now vs Siri....Google Now is a big deal. Its that good. Especially with how much advertising Apple thru behind Siri.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:08

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 12375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Far more

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:11 3

25. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5494; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Any proofs or just empty talks?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:42 1

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 12375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yes I have the ip5 and note 2. Google now doesn't do personal stuff like set appts, or pull up notes and reminders sir does and Siri does all the stuff that google now does as well.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 18:25 1

52. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I just set Google Now to show cards for meetings...and set a dr appt reminder for 11 30 am Friday....

I had to set Google Now to show a card to show meetings first tho. I havent tried notes and reminders...

Sometimes...its in the settings. I wonder for those that use their calander alot on Android phones...would that card been on by default. Sport scores, weather, GPS routes was on by default on my phone. The key here tho is with Google Now...once that card is on...it will automatically give you calander info. Has Siri been updated to do that all the way yet? I dont know....asking a real question....

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:50 5

33. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4103; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Just like Mxy, you aren't posting any sources, just empty words. Practically every comparison of Google Now and Siri ends in Google Now on top.

With Siri;
Hold down the home button, give it a command or ask it a question, it does it and talks back a bit, done.

Google Now;
Swipe up from home button, ask it a question, it gives you an answer and maybe talks back. Not only does it answer your questions faster and recognizes speech better, but it remembers your questions, and gives you information through your notifications about things that are useful to you (i.e. Sports and such).

Also, if you go to a place often, Google Now will recognize where you go and how long it takes you to get there on average. So say you're getting ready for work, Google Now will check traffic with Google Maps and tell you how much time you have before you need to leave in order to be on time based on the traffic.

Siri and Google Now both have similar direct actions, but Google Now not only does that direct action more efficiently and more responsively, but it also goes deeper into personalizing itself for your benefits, something Siri can't do.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 16:48

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 12375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


My source is owning both platforms that they run on lol. just go to your local cellular store, and try em out.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 06:47

61. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4103; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I have used both of them already, and like I said, Google Now is about 1-2 seconds faster in responding to questions. Also, Siri didn't recognize my voice at times. I had a Nexus 4 and iPhone 5 next to each other and asked them both the same questions at the same time, Google Now responded faster and answered every time, while Siri needed me to repeat myself occasionally.

I've had real world testing, and almost every video test repeatedly shows that same result. I'm a reasonable guy, Dark, but Google Now is better than Siri. Not to say Siri is bad, but it's just not as good as Google Now. And it's missing the added functionality I mentioned in my previous comment.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 16:25 1

46. adelta90 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


how do you apply the word "intuitive" to a software?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 21:13

55. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Mxyzptlk/Taco50 : hi

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 21:04

54. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I like Google now more cause its more intuitive and faster .
But siri's personality is kinda cute

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:28 15

2. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Verizon and Siri would've made a great couple. They both suck rotten eggs.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:06

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 12375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I heard Samsung makes treadmills. Get one.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:25 6

18. Bernoulli (Posts: 1490; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


If he gets that will you get a life?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:18

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 12375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Will u? Please will u?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 13:16 2

37. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Sammy also makes ovens. Why don't you put your head in one.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 16:51

48. darkkjedii (Posts: 12375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ok... Soon as I get home from the gym, I'll do just that. What temperature should I set the oven to?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 17:41

49. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


reading the comments towards the dead jedi is classic

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 04:42

60. darkkjedii (Posts: 12375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Thank u my fan.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 21:17

56. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Whatever temperature you set it to doesn't matter their oven suxks anyway .
The only Samsung product I like is their LED TV .
I use Panasonic for fridge and Toshiba for my washing machine

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 04:41

59. darkkjedii (Posts: 12375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lol good one.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 14:19 1

41. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


one thing Samsung doesn't make...clear calls.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:29 10

3. ramonleonjr62 (Posts: 48; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


nothing new about mr jobs

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:32 10

4. palmguy (Posts: 307; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


In female voice "Drooooid"!

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:37 11

5. marchels14 (unregistered)


Ha ha,apple bearly invents eanything they just buy and call it their invention.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:38 9

6. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Just goes to show that apple just steals good things from others to call there own.
If this didn't happen I wonder what wouldve been the i4s's selling point.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:50 9

8. tedkord (Posts: 5113; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


So Steve did what he always did - get wind of someone else's idea, and steal it.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:57 3

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3023; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Hhhh...no wonder SIRI sounds so "caged". :P

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:05

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 12375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good move Steve, cuz Siri turned out to b the best virtual asst. out there.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:41 6

22. tedkord (Posts: 5113; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Its definitely the best virtual assistant on iOS (though it was better before Steve lobotomized it). But it pales compared to Google Now.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:46 1

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 12375; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


As someone who owns devices that use both, I can say for certain Siri is better.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 13:37 2

39. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


From someone else who has owned devices that use both, I can say that sIrI is one dumb broad; she always told me, "that's a conversation for another day."

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 14:40 3

44. tedkord (Posts: 5113; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


As someone who has used both, I can tell you certainly that no, it isn't.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:56

35. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Second or third best you mean?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:39

21. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


No Steve Jobs invented Siri. He did it all!!!!

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:02 2

23. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Google Now is okay, but it's not all that great like most Android fans are claiming. And before y'all start to assume I have an iPhone, no, I have Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 14:24

42. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


Exactly. Android fans say anything to combat anything Apple. don't understand extreme hatred.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 14:49 4

45. tedkord (Posts: 5113; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Some do. Some Apple fans do, too. Taco was infamous for just spouting anything that came to mind as if it were true, even when he had no clue what he was talking about.

I give the iPhone credit where due. The original was revolutionary. Its always looked nice, and been smooth.

However the last two years, Android had zoomed past iOS. Its not even close anymore. Apple has done what it always does - innovate once, then litigate like you own every possible permutation of the innovation, and test on its laurels. It burned them with desktops, its burned them with smartphones, and its burning them with tablets. (And in all three cases, the innovation was on a largely copied concept)

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:54 1

34. ramonleonjr62 (Posts: 48; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


keep dream my friend , bunch of losserrr

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 14:33

43. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6678; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


U see snatch also means he purchase it they did not invent siri.

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