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

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[2]: Voice interfaces
by lucas_maximus on Wed 18th Dec 2013 12:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Voice interfaces"
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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"
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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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RE[4]: Voice interfaces
by lucas_maximus on Wed 18th Dec 2013 19:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Voice interfaces"
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I think with the accents thing, is that they don't want to invest the money for a Scottish version of Siri since it is only a small number of their global customer base that would have this problem.

I am sure if you trained (I have no idea how the voice matching algorithm works, so please correct me if I am completely clueless) the algorithm with my voice and then it tried with an American accent it would just have as many troubles.

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