Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Oct 2011 09:31 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "XDA member vari9 points us to an app developed by a few devs over at dexetra that basically does the same exact thing as Siri. Total development time? 8 hours, according to the devs. Needless to say, this little amount of time put in the app almost guarantees that it is in alpha stage and as such you are likely to receive weird answers or no answers at all, but as with everything in the world of Android, this is a work in progress, which will flourish rather soon due to the large interest that was generated on this technology thanks to Apple's marketing efforts." It's quite clearly not on the same level as Siri, but the fact these developers managed to get this far this quickly is pretty impressive. Then again, as long as Iris keeps interpreting 'Fiona Apple' as 'Fianna Apple', 'owner Apple' or 'George Bush' (?!), it's completely pointless to me. In any case, it's free on the Android Market.
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RE: Well, this is curious
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 20th Oct 2011 16:14 UTC in reply to "Well, this is curious"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

To be clear: OSNews' original description of iOS5's voice recognition was wrong?


Uhm, how do you figure? Don't WP7 and Android already have voice recognition?

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RE[2]: Well, this is curious
by jack_perry on Thu 20th Oct 2011 17:54 in reply to "RE: Well, this is curious"
jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

I dunno, Thom; I don't use any of them. That's why I ask. Still, the original quote was not merely "voice recognition" but "improvements to voice recognition."

The original description is rather dismissive, quite frankly, & I took that at face value when reading articles that gushed over Siri. But I guess apparently Apple had something pretty neat, which WP7 and Android do not have. Otherwise, Android devs wouldn't be trying to imitate it.

I have no problems w/Android devs' imitating it, BTW -- just as I have no problems w/Apple's imitating Android's notification system. But, given that the original article wasn't a very good summary of what Apple actually had, I'm left wondering if Apple's notification system is also somehow different from Android's.

I could go out & compare devices myself, but then why should I come here & read this website?

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Still, the original quote was not merely "voice recognition" but "improvements to voice recognition."


Ah, not only did you ignore the rest of the quote as highlighted in another comment, you also misread the statement.

"For the rest, it was a long rundown of iOS5 features we already knew, and improvements to voice recognition - which is something WP7, Android, and every other self-respecting mobile operating system does already anyway."

What I said was: voice recognition is something other operating systems already have. "Is" is singular, and hence, refers to its singular referent, "voice recognition". For the referent to be "improvements to voice recognition" (the way you read it), the sentence would have to be worded like this:

"For the rest, it was a long rundown of iOS5 features we already knew, and improvements to voice recognition - which are things WP7, Android, and every other self-respecting mobile operating system already do anyway."

Or something like that. I guess I could've worded that differently, but then again, it looks pretty clear to me.

Edited 2011-10-20 18:01 UTC

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RE[2]: Well, this is curious
by leos on Thu 20th Oct 2011 20:14 in reply to "RE: Well, this is curious"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

"To be clear: OSNews' original description of iOS5's voice recognition was wrong?


Uhm, how do you figure? Don't WP7 and Android already have voice recognition?
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Have you actually used it? I have (Vlingo and Google Voice actions) and no, it's not the same thing as Siri.

Not sure why people keep making the mistake of thinking polish and integration doesn't matter. Not only does it matter, it is the critical step between a tech toy and a useful everyday system. Windows Mobile phones could do basically everything that a modern smartphone can do, but the user experience sucked so it was basically useless. Same argument with MP3 players.. Not like Apple invented anything new there, it was all about polish and user experience to make it appeal to everyone.

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