Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Dec 2013 22:57 UTC
Windows

Microsoft is preparing to ship its Windows Phone 8.1 update with two significant changes: a notification center and a Siri-like personal assistant. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is currently beta testing copies of Windows Phone 8.1 internally, with plans to fully detail its features at BUILD 2014 in April. A highly requested notification center feature will be added to the software, and we're told it's enabled by swiping down from the top of the screen in a similar way to iOS and Android.

Pretty sure this update will turn it all around.

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RE: Voice interfaces
by MOS6510 on Tue 17th Dec 2013 12:18 UTC in reply to "Voice interfaces"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Siri works pretty well for me, even though I'm Dutch.

But what I find annoying is that it's kind of cumbersome to access Siri. Holding the home button and waiting for a reply takes enough time to make it annoying. It would be great if I could activate Siri, or any voice recognition, just by starting to talk.

They could to it on Star Trek and that was in the last century.

However, it's often still awkward to talk to your phone. If you do so in public people look at you wondering who you are talking to.

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RE[2]: Voice interfaces
by Fergy on Tue 17th Dec 2013 14:16 in reply to "RE: Voice interfaces"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

They could to it on Star Trek and that was in the last century.

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RE[2]: Voice interfaces
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 17th Dec 2013 22:11 in reply to "RE: Voice interfaces"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Not to troll or anything, but the Moto X and Nexus 5 just respond to "ok Google". No buttons to press or anything. I agree 100% that the whole button press to speak was a significant detriment to adoption. I'm going to use google now a lot more now.

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RE[3]: Voice interfaces
by darknexus on Tue 17th Dec 2013 23:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Voice interfaces"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Not to troll or anything, but the Moto X and Nexus 5 just respond to "ok Google". No buttons to press or anything. I agree 100% that the whole button press to speak was a significant detriment to adoption. I'm going to use google now a lot more now.

I would, if it was reliable enough to respond every time I say "Ok Google." Problem is, more than half the time it doesn't seem to be listening. I have to repeat and repeat before I get a response. It always listens once it responds or else I swipe up and hit the voice input button, so there's nothing wrong with the microphones. There are also privacy concerns involved in an always listening phone, and not just the listening part. Remember what Motorola did, sending commands in clear text?

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RE[3]: Voice interfaces
by MOS6510 on Wed 18th Dec 2013 09:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Voice interfaces"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

No trolling detected, don't worry. :-)

If that works, that would be great. I'd love to leave my phone on my desk and give instructions to it. Having to manually activate the digital ears you already lose time you are trying to spare using your voice.

But worse, it makes ik unnatural and thus takes away from the experience. It's like having to pinch your wife's nose before she can accept voice input.

I've tried the OS X voice control and some third party stuff to control my computer, but the mayor downside of that is... you can't listen to music! It either messes up the voice input, or doesn't react at all. Sometimes it even reacts to the music.

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RE[2]: Voice interfaces
by lucas_maximus on Wed 18th Dec 2013 12:04 in reply to "RE: Voice interfaces"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Siri works pretty well for me, even though I'm Dutch


These voice recognition stuff works well as long as you have what I call (I dunno the correct term for it is) an American or Internation English Accent ... I call them the people that can't say Tomato properly.

With Scottish accents it just doesn't work and the accuracy for my accent is 50% at best.

Most Dutch people that I have me that speak almost perfect English sound quite American to me.

Most non-native English Speakers and native English speakers who aren't from the UK have a real hard time understanding my accent, so I doubt that a machine will be able to be taught any time soon.

Edited 2013-12-18 12:06 UTC

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RE[3]: Voice interfaces
by MOS6510 on Wed 18th Dec 2013 12:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Voice interfaces"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I guess it's very hard to do, because I doubt the software can pick up every letter. Human brains can fill in the blanks and correct mistakes. It also understands context.

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