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iOS 5 might easily recognize voice commands spoken in plain English

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iOS 5 might easily recognize voice commands spoken in plain English
The latest iOS 5 rumor is unlike anything that we've reported about recently and revolves around yet another improvement that iOS' next version will adopt. Curious to hear about it? Well, some say that the future version of Apple's mobile platform will come with powerful voice control integration – more sophisticated than anything seen on an iOS device before.

How sophisticated you may ask? Reportedly, iOS 5 will be capable of recognizing commands in plain everyday English. For example, “asking” your iPhone what is going on in your city today will result in a comprehensive internet search bringing up relevant current events, or maybe inquiring about your favorite store chain will bring up a map with directions to the nearest outlet. Google's Voice Search with Voice Actions, which runs on Android smartphones, offers identical functionality and has been around for several months already, so it is about time for Apple to upgrade iOS' rather more basic voice control.

Some of you may know that the advanced feature is not an idea that originates from Cupertino, but it was never widely adopted by the mainstream – something that Apple might be intending to change. “Smart” voice control for the iPhone and the iPad is actually based on an iOS app called Siri, which Apple bought the rights for last year, supposedly with plans to twist it in its own way before implementing it in its gadgets.

We doubt that the next iPhone will be able to fetch your newspaper on command, but having powerful voice controls sounds like something that will make iOS feel a bit more intelligent, especially if third party apps are granted access to it. The functionality is rumored to be introduced in June during WWDC along with the announcement of iOS 5 and OS X Lion.

source: TechCrunch via Redmond Pie

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posted on 30 Mar 2011, 10:28 4

1. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


wtf! who wants voice commands? It's much easier just tapping... And the voice command will get very difficult in noisy areas and so on! Voice commands are just a toy, you do voice commands just for fun it just isn't practical. Apple... this is a huge flop

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 11:43 8

7. LionStone (Posts: 445; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Who wants voice command? Anybody who's intelligent enough to know that one tap is easier than typing out directions to a destination point, or a text message... especially if you're driving.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 15:09

12. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Amen! When you call Apple, the speaking robot on the phone says, "I can understand complete sentences". And, it does. It is pretty amazing what it recognizes... hopefully that technology is integrated in phones.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 17:57 4

18. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


I wonder if it will understand accents? Like redneck, ghetto, northern, southern, and of course spanglish? HAHA!

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 10:37 7

2. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


This is another revolutionary move by apple. and by revolutionary, I mean they're playing catch up to features that have been on android for the past 3 years

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 11:04 6

4. Stupid iTards (unregistered)


yep. . . but just you watch as iFans proclaim how great and innovative it is as if no one else every had it or has it currently. iFans are so restarted they have no clue what other devices can do and actually think Apple is coming up with new stuff.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 16:19 1

15. Super Android Evo (unregistered)


Apple started the touch screen phase I give them that, but Android has taken it to a new level. Apple fan boys are so brainwashed that anything new the iPhone does they think Apple invented it, like this voice recognition tech that have been out on Android for way too long. If the Apple fan boys would just open their eyes they can see a world of innovation that Android is pioneering! Apple was innovating when the first iPhone came out I give them that too, but every other iPhone since is pretty much the same. I know this because I buy my wife the iPhone every time a new one comes out, she says it's the ultimate girl phone!

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 16:24

16. Super Android Evo (unregistered)


She says it's easy & it's always the same. Equaling no innovation. :-)

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 16:13 5

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


if we're talking about catch up how many things has android copied from Apple? Pinch to zoom, check, webkit browser, check, app store, check, large touch screen, check, springboard lay out, check

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 16:56 4

17. derp (unregistered)


iOS has a thing called stability. Guess whos been playing catch-up in that field for the last 3 years. Yup. Android.

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 03:08

23. Totoro (unregistered)


Oh yes, it consistently refused to give users some simple features which users of other platforms take for granted. That's stability for you!

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 10:18 1

25. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


Your comment is completely irrelevent to the comment you replied to. Your knowledge is clearly non-existent. Try sticking to the hello kitty forums.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 10:43 4

3. MyZanyFUn (unregistered)


I wonder what happens to Apple when they already use up all of the big cats as names for their OS, LOL.

OS X Chameleon, anybody? XD

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 12:51 2

10. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)


How about OS X Battle Cat?

"By the power of Grayskull!!!!"

Then Apple can sue Mattel for stealing their idea.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 11:38 5

5. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


I cant really comment on iOS bcause I wasn't one of the lucky 2+ million individuals who were able to get the iPad 2 opening weekend. If I'm lucky I can still go to my nearest 7eleven and get an android device (XOOM anyone)!

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 12:36

8. Nikkco (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


There still out in my area and fly off the shelves as soon as they come in. Motorola should only be so lucky.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 12:49 2

9. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Yeah, same in my area. I have two on order from apple.com and they wont be here until the end of April.

I have talked to several sales people in seperate stores and they have all confirmed that the XOOM is a basic fail and they cant move the inventory.

I am excited about the Samsong Galaxy Tab though, I like what they are brining to th table. Maybe some compatition for Apple but I doubt it.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 11:41

6. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


With the above comment stated I have to give props where its due. The new Samsung Galaxy Tablet is very nice and I would love to be an owner of one.

no bias remark = priceless =)

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 14:19 3

11. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Steve Jobs: We've dominated the market... blah blah (stuff nobody's interested in except for bragging rights) blah.
Audience: (applauses)
Steve Jobs: Our developers have created the first revolutionary app that allows the new iPhone to magically do as we command it to. *opens app* "Open phone book" *Phone book opens*
Audience: (applauses)
Steve Jobs: "Call Steve" *Calling Steve*
Audience: (applauses and whistles)
Steve Jobs: Thank you, with this new app you will be able to make your life easier.

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 16:07 2

13. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)


lol, you could this with phones from over 5 years ago...

I could also see apple suing companies over this feature which has been around for a long time, before apple even made cell phones

posted on 30 Mar 2011, 18:47

19. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


as i recall the iPhone 3GS came out in 2009 with something called Voice command.. it allows you to control your iPod, call someone in your contacts. yes its not as advance as the voice text on Android, but it works. they just need to improve it, because I forget sometimes that I have it.. lol

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 03:11

24. Totoro (unregistered)


English only? So for people speaking other languages iOS 5 will be useless?

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 20:24

26. joey18 (Posts: 514; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


I want to see iphone 5 no more rumors im holding. To upgrade my phone to verizon to iphone 5 my brother has the iphone 4. On simple mobile it works great so ihope to see iphone 5 facetime 3g or4g no morr WIFi

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 11:33

27. androidfragmentsucks (unregistered)


Apple is not copying android or using stuff that has been out for years. They are advancing on what is available not. Not just "open apps, or contacts" Unlike BASIC commands like technology is using today, Apple will be able to understand full sentences! So that is an advancement not a copy!!

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