Report: Google’s Answer to Siri May Be Coming by Q4 2012

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Anytime the tech world eagerly awaits some new exciting technology, rumors swirl about the what, where, and when of it. For that matter, the rumor mill churns up conjecture about everything from the color of the impending thing to the price tag. Accordingly, speculation about Google’s inevitable answer to Apple’s Siri artificial intelligence assistant for iOS abounds.

We heard a while back that Google’s version was cleverly codenamed “Majel” and had little else to go on, but now a report from TechCrunch has some more on the story.

The report indicates that the tool may be named “Assistant”, it will be released to developers who ideally will integrate the technology into a slew of devices, and it might be available by the end of the year.

It might be something like this, only Google-fied

The TechCrunch piece breaks down the project into three parts. The first part is to “get the world’s knowledge into a format a computer can understand”; the second part is to create a layer of personalization based on the vast amounts of data Google harvests from all of us; and the third part is to build a voice-controlled “Do engine” out of the whole thing.

Of course, all of this information come from unnamed sources, so it’s impossible to know whether it’s accurate--and even if it is, it could change substantially while in development. However, it’s an entertaining and exciting daydream to think of the ability to control our phones, computers, TVs, cameras, and more with just our voices.

We just hope when it finally reaches consumers that it works well and that Google comes up with a more creative name than “Assistant”.
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realneil replied on Sun, Mar 4 2012 10:28 PM

"Remind me to buy a smartphone sometime in the year 2015".

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sumitra replied on Mon, Mar 5 2012 8:43 AM

Google is the next maker of SIRI like App, How do you thing this is possible ?

Already Google and Samsung has made it and failed, is this the Old news you are talking about.

Talk something on the Windows that has been serving the whole universe for decades with its powerful OS and UI. Next Siri like app would be something very innovative from windows. Apple is the supplier of SIRI but the actual users are very countable in and outside the US. and the percentage of people using the SIRI are also using it for tiny reasons  like fixing the Alarm or notifying something.

Wait for the Windows and see the revolution.....

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Mar 5 2012 3:35 PM

Well... Google has the technology and the R&D department so they could easily make a competent competitor to Siri; can't wait.

Also lol @realneil.


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You realize that Siri can not recognize "open Facebook" right? It's shocking, as popular as Facebook is and the fact that ZookeyBurger hates Google and loves Apple, Siri does not recognize "Open Facebook". And you talk about Google being behind the times when Google had voice recognition LONG before Apple started using the Siri Gimmick.

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