WSJ: Google speeding up development of Siri-type personal assistant for Android

WSJ: Google speeding up development of Siri-type personal assistant for Android
A story in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal about the smartphone ecosystem mentions that according to people on the inside, Google is accelerating the development of a Siri-esque virtual, interactive personal assistant for Android users. While whatever Google produces will naturally bring comparisons to Siri, Google has higher aspirations. There has been some speculation that the finished design would make Google's virtual assistant much more powerful with more capabilities than Siri.

Introduced at WWDC 2012 last week, iOS 6 brings enhanced features to Siri such as the ability to get Yelp and Open Table reviews and make reservations for you at a restaurant that you are checking out reviews for. Siri will now also give you sports scores and information. In addition, Siri has taken her act over to the third-generation Apple iPad. Meanwhile, the S Voice feature exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy S III might be the closest that Android users get to Siri for the time being. A recent head to head face off between the two showed that S Voice is ready for prime time.

There also have been a number of apps in the Google Play Store that try to ape Siri's functionality, but most don't have the deep integration with the OS that Siri has with iOS. Google's own Voice Actions also does some of things that Siri does, including the ability to set an alarm or push out a text message, all without the vocals that give Siri a personality. We recently highlighted an app called Robin that does have the Siri-esque voice, but is limited at present to navigation, gas station locations, Yelp reviews and weather. The app also offers some Twitter integration.

For Android owners who would like a strong Siri-eque feature on their phone, the news that Google is speeding up development of  such an application is music to their ears. In the meantime, those rocking the green robot who absolutely must have an interactive virtual personal assistant can buy the Samsung Galaxy S III when it launches in the States, or check out the options at Google Play Store until Google does release its own version of Siri.

source: WallStreetJournal



1. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

who is copying who again?

6. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Just look at iOS 6, almost all its features were ripped off on Android..

8. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i know. what i said was full of sarcasm. nice wasnt it?

24. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

They all ripoff each other os stop nagging droidheads

113. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Wondering if facebook integration was a part of Android...Sony was first to integrate facebook deeply in their mobiles...

119. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I think HTC Sense was the first to integrate Facebook and Twitter in Android deeply. Could be wrong though.

118. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

well almost all of android's features were ripped off maemo and symbian but these don't matter do they it's competition try make new features while making up for other features that other phones have

9. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

my god! everyone steals! every OS influences another OS just as much as anything else. stop this copying arguements. it's pointless. apple is just a jerk for suing and suing, but in fact when they steal from others, they don't sue. that is the only issue. they only counter sue

11. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i dont steal. so your statement is deemed invalid.

35. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 280; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

you are deemed a tool

85. kyp5035

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

apple is suing everyone cause others are copying, and iphone came first then android came not the other way

106. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Okay came first, did they stop updating? Copying is happening on the update. One thing there is nothing like copy, everyone builds their own version.. Just an idea overcomes..

57. RoundBallmer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Google. lol


Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Apple exroxing others and cleptomanias..

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Expect to see more development on all fronts - this is the benefit for consumers of Apple making good on Steve's threat to go thermo-nuclear on Google for releasing Android. Apple is releasing Maps. Google is releasing a Siri competitor. And the consumer wins.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Did we forget about Majel? Google has been developing that for a very long time.

10. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Majel sounds better than Siri IMO

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know, people have forgotten that Google has been working on Majel with the Google X team for a long time. Apple beat them to the punch because they bought Siri from Nuance. No development from Apple there. I have a feeling that Majel will be better than & will be able to do more than Siri. +1 for you!

39. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

No development because they bought it? I guess Google did no development with android since they bought it.

55. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol Same old taco50. Google bought Android YEARS ago. Of course Google changed everything BEFORE it was released. That is called DEVELOPMENT. Apple sees Nuance's product. Apple buys it, then slaps an Apple logo & calls it Siri. THAT is NOT development. Apple NEEDED to do that because without Siri the Apple iPhone 4S would just have been an Apple iPhone 4 with a dual-core chip. taco50 PLEASE try just a little bit harder. lol

59. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

He's trying hard that's the problem... He has nothing to work with so he's just spewing nonsense. Typical...

62. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know, it's starting to not be fun proving taco50 wrong, these days. It's like taking a beer from a baby! lol I love your avatar pic. +1 my good man!

63. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I've pretty much given up even responding to his posts, it lost it's entertainment value awhile ago...

65. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yup. i just throw a random insult at him to keep some entertainment value. Of course, the little hippocrit baby reports every post I make, so i get my usual email warning when he cries wolf. The same old generic and lame fanboy arguments get old after a while. Is it a sign of good things for us when all the trolls are still repeating crap from like 2010? lol.

64. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 280; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

dont forget the postcard app they added ;)

72. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Taco, I already explained to you google bought a blackberry like OS. Than they completely redesigned it. I am sure that they, like apple were in some ways in spired by the prada and other touch screen phones, but in the end they developed a powerful and succesful os. Apple on the other hand bough Siri, changed some of its answers an if you trust the co founder of Apple who actually came up with thier original ideas, made it worse. So google developed android while apple undeveloped Siri. Buying something and changing the entire product to make it successful is innovative, buying something and making it worse is not.

121. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You wasted your time. Taco will still find a way to disagree with you even though what you said is the cold truth.

18. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I think this is what the WSJ is referring to. I'm wondering if we'll see something at Google I/O. Not that it's gonna "change everything"... I am fine not talking to my phone. Of all the 4s owners I know, none of them use siri.

4. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

I'm pretty sure this will be better than Siri.. Google is more of an innovative compare to Apple (who bought Siri and messed it according to Apple co-founder Steve Woz).. Just look at Google Project Glass..

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

hope is an actual full featured assistant that could hang on its sensors is more connected with other devices and the internet and provides actual support based in info it has gathered from you and acts a bit of its own, more like on the words of an actual assistant with an actual AI instead of a pre program ed thing that needs your input to be relevant instead of a

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