Google's answer to Siri: Majel

By Rick · 26 replies
Dec 14, 2011
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  1. Since the release of Apple's voice-activated assistant, there have been countless "Siri-killers", "Siri-like apps" and "We already had Siri" headlines littering the web. However, Google's Android may finally provide a…

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  2. And there's Google making a copy again. Playing catch-up again and again.
  3. shamus087

    shamus087 TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Google does everything better. Apple<Google. Android>iOS.
  4. name one thing that isn't a copy since the invention of the wheel
  5. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Pretty sure the wheel was a copy of the sun.
  6. "And there's Google making a copy again. Playing catch-up again and again. "

    EXCEPT that Android had Voice Activations for a couple of years before, and has much deeper voice integration across the platform than Apple can only dreams about. And it works very well.
  7. Uhmm.. what about an aglet?
  8. So, does that mean that they'll try to make Majel's "voice" sound like Majel Barrett-Roddenbarry's voice? Because that would be an excellent selling point, especially for Trekkies.
  9. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    They are indeed stealing one from Apple's playbook. Taking ideas from Star Trek :) .

    This would be awesome if it did resembled Majel's voice.
  10. Why Google, why? There is a decent, much better codded voice integration already, so why give it a name and push people upon it Apple style and make a bid deal of it?
    I don't want to talk to any device ever in my life. People, animals even to self ok... Electronic? No fcn' way!
  11. Except, they aren't copying. They're doing something much different, if you actually read the article.
  12. lol, nicew one
  13. CryVer

    CryVer TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    You are aware that the copying are going both ways? Take the notifications menu in Android, Apple copied it in iOS5
  14. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Everyone copies the other. Microsoft made a sneak peak demo of where they're going with their tell me service that would look like a siri commercial if you saw it now. They made this about a year before siri came out, I guess Microsoft will be copying Apple when they finally release it.
  15. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    Yes there is already decent voice recognition, but most of that entitles two word commands"Call Dave" "Open Gmail". With Majel you will be able to talk in a more natural format, like Siri. I hate to use an example that Apple used but it works, "Remind me to call my wife when I leave work" then your phone sets up a geo-barrier around your workplace reminding you when you break it to call your wife. Even "Remind me to see the landlord on April 16th" will add something straight to your calendar, which I don't believe is currently possible with the android voice commands.

    Yes, it feels like a cheap copy of Siri, but think of it this way. I talk with so many "non-techies" on a daily-basis because of my job. Many of them want an iphone 5 just for Siri which is limited to ONE device, now we can have "Siri" on 100's of devices!

    In a way it's just a copy, in a way it's moving android as an OS further.
  16. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    Shall we expect a lawsuit from Apple? I would be highly disappointed if there wasn't.
  17. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Nice picture! I almost missed that Spock was caring an Android device! :)
  18. bimboy56

    bimboy56 TS Rookie

    I hope you know that this "SIRI" is just the culmination of the works behind Voice Portals - BUT with TOO MUCH marketing schemes that made it ''Apple's Invention'' making it look like they were the first to create such app.

    Bottomline - Both Apple and Google are "Renting" the technology - with improvements.
  19. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    Dude, chill. Seriously. They aren't going to "make" you use it. It's there for you to use if you want. Why are so many consumers *****s?
  20. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    Hmm...didn't know that word was censored on techspot, lol. What I was trying to say, is why are so many consumers ID10TS? :p Lets see if that makes it through :D
  21. Hate to say it... but even though Apple might pioneer an idea in their product... Google will most certainly do it better.

    I have been using Android since the iPhone 3G. Bought my nexus one, and then a Samsung Galaxy S. It was for Siri that I switched back to the iPhone 4S. (Which by the way was the flagship, or the only reason apple could convince me to buy this phone.. the hardware isnt that phenomenal) I was sorely disappointed! The lack of options, user configurability, is staggering. I can't even block numbers on the handset without calling my service provider. I am stuck with one keyboard, one way of doing things; Apples way! I miss my android phone. As soon as I can afford another I'm switching back... and I was only able to get android 2.1 on my phone before! It's since gotten much better.

    Google is better at tailoring their products to suit everyone, individually. The rate of development is staggering. They just simply do things better, IMO.

    You can keep your iPhone.
  22. I think the Apple vs Google arguments are kind of silly and go too far. But I will say this, Apple is the first to really make voice recognition much more practical and fun. I have an iPhone 4s and was expecting siri to just be a noveltly (more or less). However, I have found it to be nothing short of amazing. And its very accurate transcribing your voice into typing, for entering texts, facebook posts, emails, etc. This makes things a lot easier. Typing on any smart phone's small keyboard is always a bit of a challenge. I was suprised how good the voice recognition, and siri's ability to understand and reply is much better than I expected, TBH.

    Now this article about Google having an "answer" to this - is anyone surprised? And why not, to have choice for consumers and competition is a very good thing.

    Now the article says that Google's version will be "better" than siri; but not in its first version, which will be based on more rigid command syntax? And then maybe in a few years it will be at least as good as Siri (or better if Siri does not evolve at all)? And meantime does anyone think that Apple is not already evolving siri so that in another year or two, it will certainly have raised the bar again, perhaps more than once.

    This is not the first time Apple has led the way with something new. It won't be the last. But Apple can't "own" the concept of voice recognition, any more than it can own the idea of a tablet PC. But as long as Apple makes really cool products that people love, they will be fine.
  23. Surprised at how annoyed droid users are with iPhone. I see so many attacks on Apple posted on comment boards, from droid users. I don't understand why - if you have your droid and its superior in your view, then just enjoy it. Why the need to trash the iPhone?

    People vote with their wallets, that is what counts. Apple iPhone is loved by a lot of people and its flying off the shelves. For a lot of people, Apple hits the mark. A lot of people like a safe, reliable, malware free smartphone. They don't care if it has the biggest screen or the most high-end processor possible with seamless integration of the apps. They don't care about customizing it, because in their view its already beautifully designed and integrated; and 500,000 apps is enough for them. They don't care that its a "closed system". To be honest I could care less about that.

    I don't understand why so many droid users seem pissed off about that. You have your droid, be happy! Customize it and do whatever else you want to do with it. I like the iPhone but I don't feel a need to trash the droid or any other android based phone. Its almost like droid users can't accept the fact that a huge sector of the marketplace does not agree with them that the droid is the best. Apple is doing really well so they are doing something right, whether you appreciate it or not droid user. ;-)
  24. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    ... I'm sorry but I have to ask, why did you buy an iPhone 4S without trying it out first?
  25. android has had voice commands for years already this is simply putting a name to the prompts and perhaps cleaning up the commands and allowing for it to be more intuitive than before. something we used to call updates.

    apple rarely comes up with anything terribly innovative, merely marketing a repackaged and polished version of things on the market or not previously isnt inferior or superior by its nature.

    many people take upbrage at the amount of praise and undue hype lavished upon apple for this lack of work. and apple rarely credits those which inspire it.

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