WSJ: Google speeding up development of Siri-type personal assistant for Android
0. phoneArena posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:24
A story in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal discussing the smartphone eco-system ends with a few comments about the voice of iOS, Siri; according to the report, Google is looking to develop more than just a knock-off of Apple's virtual personal assistant...
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44. taco50 (banned) posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:30 2 9
When did anyone from Ple say anything above 3.5 was a fail?
Love how fandroid spread misinformation constantly.
47. protozeloz posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:35 1 2
one, two tree! and he is out!!
42. taco50 (banned) posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:26 2 9
Haha stylus' have been around forever so it's definitely not a copy of the note
Navigation was around way before android
Larger screen? Really?! You honestly feel that's innovation? I guess Apple crushed it with the iPad since it had a 9.7" screen.
46. protozeloz posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:34 3 2
yeah because you could totally use pressure sensible stylus before the note, and your phone would use only the stylus even if you touch the device screen with your hands
trolls will troll
87. gallitoking posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:15 3 3
Nokia had it before the Note
igonrants wil be ignorants
109. protozeloz posted on 19 Jun 2012, 22:40 1 1
sorry, I'm trolling a troll.. cant you see? :)
also can you provide the nokia device with both features? and actually useful? according by fanboy standard if the phone sold way less than the note its a void... seems to be working with the iPhone so far
56. tedkord posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:52 3 1
Ha. Touchscreen smartphone was around long before iPhone. Samsung is not a copy.
Don't you just hate it when your own logic damns your arguments.
66. DigitalBoy05 posted on 19 Jun 2012, 13:55 2 0
a stylus is a copy of a pen.
"navigation" is a copy of paper maps and cartographers dating back thousands of years.
larger screen? are you uncomfortable with the size of your screen? A lot of women probably dig that on a mans phone.
34. ph00ny posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:09 1 0
S-Voice isn't a redressed vlingo that was included in the s2 prior to the 4S?
50. protozeloz posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:44 2 2
yes but all of a sudden Vlingo stooped existing and Siri became the only think you could talk to and get things done
37. DigitalBoy05 posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:16 0 0
why wouldnt they have? they already have had pretty useful voice controls for a few years. It would only make sense that they keep upgrading them as they have been with all their core apps and functions.
101. Quezdagreat posted on 19 Jun 2012, 19:19 1 2
I would like to thank all of the droid bots who replied to my comment. Its nice to see that you guys put some much effort into bashing a cell phone
110. protozeloz posted on 19 Jun 2012, 22:43 1 2
well you are posting on an android article in here.... you are the one I see crying
15. bayusuputra posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:55 1 1
Ain't google has some kind of voice assistant feature already? I always pushed that mic button on the persistent search bar and there it is.. and it's been there since i first own my desire S, i activated that by long pressing the capacitive search button when i was still running 2.3.5..
17. alterecho posted on 19 Jun 2012, 11:08 1 1
25. tedkord posted on 19 Jun 2012, 11:41 3 1
20. joaolx posted on 19 Jun 2012, 11:32 3 0
I thought Google said that cell phones shouldn't be a personal assistant.
36. OhSo3D posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:13 0 0
Well in order to keep up, all companies have to "borrow" ideas from one another to keep a versatile market of capable products. The idea isn't about who copies who, it's about who executes it best.
40. Njayolin posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:23 0 0
"WSJ: Google speeding up development of Siri-type personal assiatant for Android"
I think you meant "assistant".
43. taco50 (banned) posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:27 2 11
Apple is setting the bar again and the rest follow. S voice, Majel etc.
Tim Cook said "Apple doesn't want to be the innovator for the world"
I agree Tim. Why can't these companies come up with something original?
51. MorePhonesThanNeeded posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:45 6 2
Dude shut up, do you even know what setting the bar means? Buying the creator of Siri tweaking it so it will work on iOS then acting as if it's the greatest thing since sliced bread is one step shy of thinking you're God.
That is not something I would want to be quoted as saying, that Tim Cook cheeky guy. That is just him admitting that Apple doesn't innovate as much as your diehard ifans think, only in your world is whatever Apple does innovative. Then you go show how dumb you actually are but agreeing with a quote which you obviously don't have the mental capacity to understand.
Get your facts straight, Google's Android OS has almost always had voice activated abilities, even on the lowly original G1. You spew so much disgusting nonsense it's incredible that you actually have living organs in there. I usually get a laugh at your blind idiocy because even in the face of facts you still want to win to argument which usually others tend to let you carry on on your own accord. You must not get love at home be enjoy trying to get attention. Carry on as you will probably reply with a thumbs down and then some primitively concocted menagerie of words. Good luck, lol.
53. AlexYouOC posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:47 5 1
Apple set the bar how ?!? By purchasing a product made from another company and marketing it as an idea they came up with ??
Voice Actions on phones are nothing new but now somehow Apple has "set the bar" lmaooo
Swear Apple fanboys are brainwashed smh
54. Sniggly posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:47 5 2
The earliest reports on Majel stated that it had been in development for three years.
In other words, for Google to copy Apple with Majel, they would have had to invent a time machine to go back and give the idea to themselves in the past.
Either way Google is more innovative.
Why do you insist in your wrongness?
71. gallitoking posted on 19 Jun 2012, 15:00 1 5
means something that existed and made it better.. innovation is not invention.. don't mix those 2 up fandroids...
76. tedkord posted on 19 Jun 2012, 16:18 3 0
Then we're in agreement. Google took the mobile OS and made it better. Samsung took the smartphone and made it better. Both innovated.
81. gallitoking posted on 19 Jun 2012, 16:33 1 4
agree but you better is not my better.. so we disagree again.. lol
88. GENARAL-LEVY (banned) posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:17 1 1
Apple never inovated nor revolutionized or evolution anything. They are patent skms.....!
103. tedkord posted on 19 Jun 2012, 20:13 1 0
No, the original iPhone was revolutionary. It wasn't so much anything new, it just worked better and more simply than anything prior.
Since then, however, the iPhone has evolved, slowly. And others shot past it like it was standing still.
115. gallitoking posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:42 1 2
others standing still?... back when the iphone came out there was LG,HTC,Motorola,Nokia,BB, Samsung and 3 years later.. only Samsung and Moto have devices worth considering.. so care to explain your point of view.. hmmm all the companies have recorded loss on the current quarter
52. miggymini posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:45 1 0
"Google's own Voice Actions also does some of things that Siri does"
PhoneArena I'm sure you miss spoke and meant the other way around. You know being that Voice Actions has been out since Droid One. Let's not rewrite history here.
68. gallitoking posted on 19 Jun 2012, 14:07 1 3
when Siri came out last year the fandroids had the audacity to say that Google voice was at Siri level that Siri was just a gimmick.. now on the SGSIII the have been promoting S-voice.. and now this.. for a gimmick I will say it got Android's attention..
69. remixfa posted on 19 Jun 2012, 14:16 2 0
its still a gimmick and Android Voice Actions work quite well. It may not have personality but it works.
70. gallitoking posted on 19 Jun 2012, 14:49 1 5
of course Google voice works.. but is the minor leagues. compare to the beta Siri.. don't kid yourself Remix..
75. parkwaydr posted on 19 Jun 2012, 15:53 1 2
Apple had nothing to do with the creation of siri.
Dont kid yourself chicken head.
78. remixfa posted on 19 Jun 2012, 16:21 1 2
i dont have to kid myself. Unlike most iOS users, i still use voice actions regularly after the first few days of having it. lol. the proof is in the longevity. Siri's canned jokes dont beat actual functionality.
79. tedkord posted on 19 Jun 2012, 16:25 2 0
All siri does is feed your question to Wolfram Alpha, and use text to speech to read what it returns. Except in cases where Apple doesn't like the actual answers, then it gets a canned response.
It's what Android has been working on for years, with Majel. Apple knew this, bought up Siri, rushed it out in half-baked beta (Gee, I thought only Android released beta, Apple only released finished product), so they could claim Android was copying them.
It was well known thus was what Androids plans were, and Apple, as always knowing they can't compete with the pace of innovation against a more open ecosystem (just like with PCs and Microsoft), took.a shortcut to set up legal actions. Litigate, not inovate.
80. gallitoking posted on 19 Jun 2012, 16:31 2 4
love the backpedaling saying that Siri is worthless when even the all mighty SGSIII used it as on of its selling points.. but whatever..fandroids.. the facts are there..
91. GENARAL-LEVY (banned) posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:21 0 0
It never existed on 3gs. So whose copying who.
92. tedkord posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:26 3 0
It's worthless on the SGSIII, too. It's a novelty. Apple can't even think of anything useful to show it doing in commercials.
95. gallitoking posted on 19 Jun 2012, 18:02 1 3
so Samsung used the siri like S-voice as a selling point for their flagship device and you still think is worthless....hmmm this is were your opinion goes one way and facts goes another..
104. tedkord posted on 19 Jun 2012, 20:19 2 1
How is that? I don't set Samsungs advertising campaigns up. I just know I would feel silly conversing with my phone. But, that's only me. Others may think its the bee's knees. That's up to them.
I'm probably getting the SGSIII, only because I want to keep my unlimited plan with Verizon and the RAZR HD won't be out in time. I will most likely just disable s-voice. I have literally no use for it.
Now I think the new feature that checks if you're looking and keeps the screen on, thats innovation worth having (assuming it works right).
105. taco50 (banned) posted on 19 Jun 2012, 20:59 1 3
I use Siri all the time and it is useful. I'm sure you'll be backpedaling once android releases it's knock off version
116. gallitoking posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:48 0 2
the top 2 phone sellers in the U.S beg to differ.. let see who should we believe. a geek that knows nothing about marketing or phone makers bringing top dollar... hmmm...
83. tedkord posted on 19 Jun 2012, 16:42 2 0
You've got it backwards. Majel has been under development for years. It was named Majel after Majel Roddenberry, who besides being Gene Roddenberry's wife and Nurse Chapel in the original series, was the voice of the interactive computer on the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Because that was google's aim, to make an interactive voice system like the computers on Star Trek.
So, this got Apple's attention. In order to beat Android to market, they bought Siri, integrated it half assed into iOS, then released it in a buggy beta state.
See, apple knew what Android was working on, copied it, and claimed it as their own innovation. Then, will try to sue the folks who came up with the idea originally.
89. Hemlocke posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:19 1 2
Links? The fact is, there are none. Siri was debuted before Majel ever went into development (That is why it is termed "Google's response to Siri"), and Siri was an app on the iPhone a year before it ever debuted as an integrated service.
As for functionality, Voice Actions, and every other voice program on Android and Windows Phone, is a toy compared to the iOS 5 functionality of Siri, and a joke compared to the iOS 6 version.
94. Sniggly posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:49 2 0
I don't know about the reason behind the name, but the earliest reports clearly stated Majel had been in development for three years. That was only a couple of months after Siri came out. That means Majel predated Siri's introduction as an app.
Considering Google's work on projects like Glass, do you really think they wouldn't also be working on AI?
112. Hemlocke posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:15 0 1
The Google X project is an AI project that has existed for a few years (but after Siri was initially developed, which was long before it debuted as an app), but in no way was it aimed at being a smartphone personal assistant. Branching out to the voice-activated PA was only a response to Siri, and I'm sure it will be good, but until we see it, it is all speculation.
90. gallitoking posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:21 0 2
if Apple gets something that already existed and makes it better then it is innovation.. just because they didnt invent the wheel doesnt mean never flat tires are not innovation..
93. AlexYouOC posted on 19 Jun 2012, 17:47 3 0
"if Apple gets something that already existed and makes it better then it is innovation....."
Hmmmm..... If memory serves me correct I think that even Woz himself admitted that Siri went downhill after Apple bought it.
Maybe Woz doesnt know what he's talking about either -__-
96. gallitoking posted on 19 Jun 2012, 18:07 1 3
well don't know were you are going with this. but lets put it in simple terms for the Android users here.... Siri is innovation as it was marketed as a digital assistant.. call it a gimmick, a worthless app. whatever you want. but the way it was marketed was a success so big that Samsung (surprise surprise) is not marketing the siri like S-Voice... and now we have this article..
"WSJ: Google speeding up development of Siri-type personal assistant for Android" members of the jury I rest my case.. follow me on tweeter and FB
102. tedkord posted on 19 Jun 2012, 20:10 3 0
And, again, Majel has been in the pipeline for years. Google were talking about it, and its eventual integration into google tv, so you could speak commands to your phone to change channels, etc..prior to siri.
And, its a natural extension of the voice commands that most platforms had for some time. I had voice commands on my old WinMo 6 phone. I could tell it, "text Mike," then dictate the text message.
It's obvious. Even in 1969 they predicted it in Star Trek. The reason Siri is so poorly implemented in iOS 5 is it was rushed out as beta, because Apple knew Android was working on Majel.
I don't claim its not innovation. It's Nuance's innovation, not Apple's. It's just a shame that Apple had to dumb it down, and artificially keep it from some users. Especially those users who had it prior to the 4s, who then had it yanked from their phones.
114. taco50 (banned) posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:23 0 2
Again title of the article:
WSJ: Google speeding up development of Siri-type personal assistant for Android
117. gallitoking posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:52 0 3
ted please you even stated is your opinion about Siri....most people like it.. period.. and about Apple releasing the beta version to beat Android..hmmm Android has been puting beta app and features to beat other to the punch... how does it feel to be on the receiving end for a change...
I dont even know why fandroids are even fighting this.. Siri is sucessfull wether you like it or not.. Samsung has the Siri like S-voice and now Android wants it... just admit defeat on this topic..
107. DOGIEFRESH posted on 19 Jun 2012, 21:23 0 2
We see in again and again, APPLE creates Google follows..........!!!!!
122. PapaSmurf posted on 20 Jun 2012, 09:41 0 0
iOS 6 =Android 1.6.
How do you feel that it took Apple 5 years to play catch up?
108. gwuhua1984 posted on 19 Jun 2012, 21:25 1 1
To those who keep saying that Android copied... Please take a look at iOS 6, 6 major functions copied from Android. Case closed. Android or Apple copied, who cares.
My question right now is... what about Silvia for Android... Dead before arrival?