Siri, the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant, is the most striking feature of the iPhone 4S. However, it might meet its nemesis soon as Internet search engine giant Google will reportedly launch Android version of Siri.
When Siri on iPhone 4S came out, Apple fans went crazy over the possibilities it presented - the personal assistants can do nearly anything for the one who commands it, including sending messages, scheduling meetings, placing phone calls, finding nearest gas stations, and more. Moreover, it can also engage in a dialogue with you and sometimes it remarks can be hilarious. Not surprisingly, industry analysts noted that iPhone 4S is selling like hot cakes mainly because of Siri.
Siri had also left Android smartphone users high and dry as Google had no answer to the technology. However, things may change as Google is reportedly in the process of releasing a Siri rival.
According to AndroidandMe, Google is creating a 'Siri killer' and is working round-the-clock so that the Android version can be released on day sooner. Google's answer to Siri could be one of the projects that's been undertaken in Google X, the secret lab where Google chase its dreams and one which very few Google employees have even heard of or know about.
The secret project is codenamed Majel, short for Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the voice of Federation Computer from the Star Trek series.
Actually, Google already has its own voice search - Voice Actions - on most Android smartphones. However, Majel could be a step forward in the evolution of the voice-controlled technology which, combining with natural language processing, would allow Majel to work as smoothly and naturally as Siri, if not better.
So will Majel be a knock-off of Siri? Matias Duarte, Google’s Director of Android OS User Experience, said in an interview with Slashgear that Google won't copy Siri, and they even won't use the “attitude” that Apple’s intelligent voice assistant shows.
“Our approach is more like Star Trek, right, starship Enterprise; every piece of computing surface, everything is voice-aware. It’s not that there’s a personality, it doesn’t have a name, it’s just Computer,” Duarte said.
When will Android users get to see...umm...hear Majel? We don't know but one thing is certain - Google certainly won't allow its growing community of Android users be left high and dry.
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