When Apple came on stage and introduced an average phone with a nice camera a lot of people were a bit disappointed. At the same press conference the company introduced is to Siri and told us it would be the future of mobile. While some people would disagree it is going to be a big buzz right now. The simple way you could speak like normal to Siri and do almost anything you spoke to the phone about captivated the audience at the show. Right around the same time, Google debuted Android Ice Cream Sandwich. There were some improved voice action features, but nothing like Siri. Google did add face unlock which is really nice, but it failed on stage at the demo when it was announced.
Everyone knew when they saw Siri Google would have to answer in some way. Google’s Matias Duarte talked briefly about how much more integrated a voice system would be into the phone than anything else by saying “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.”. That means being able to use voice to do things like open apps and use voice inside of these apps. For example you could say “Post Facebook status *Having a blast at Disney world* and the phone would do exactly that. Majel is coming soon, maybe the end of this year and while it will strive to fully integrate into your device it will start smaller. The company just wants to get something out to try to combat Siri. At this point it is looking more like a Jan-Feb release. While we don’t have a lot of details of what the voice system will be like upon release, we know it will end up being pretty good. If for no other reason then Google will use an open API for devs to integrate Majel into an app. So stay tuned and keep your ears to the ground for something similar to Siri for Android very soon.
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