Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider, “Google told reporters today that the future of web search looks identical to Apple’s Siri, admitting, ‘if we are going to build the search of the future, we will have to solve difficult technology issues like speech recognition and natural language.’ …To achieve that, Google will need to follow the lead of Apple’s Siri, which was designed to figure out the question users were posing, rather than simply finding potential answers to property formed questions.”

“Google added voice-based question and answer services to Android 4.1, but the race to add new features to the Android platform is complicated by the fact that new versions have very slow adoption, in large part because Google’s partners have little incentive to provide updates to their customers,” Dilger reports. “According to Google’s own data from August 1, only 0.8% of Android users visiting its Google Play app market are on the latest Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” release. A full 80 percent of the active user base are suck with a version of Android 2.x, which came out 2010. In contrast, Apple just noted that 80 percent of iOS users are running the latest iOS 5.”

Dilger reports, “To get its own Siri-like features in front of users, Google will be releasing its ‘Voice Search’ feature for iOS as a third party app ‘within the next couple of days,’ noting that it submitted the app ‘a week or so’ ago.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Siri, what’s hypocrisy?

Siri: Hypocrisy is the claim or pretense of holding beliefs, feelings, standards, qualities, opinions, virtues or motivations that one does not actually possess and/or applying criticism to others that one does not apply equally to oneself.

Here’s a good example:

“I don’t believe that your phone should be an assistant. Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone.” – Andy Rubin, Google’s Android chief, October 19, 2011

Thanks, Siri.

And that horrendously irritating results chime will drive users batshit insane in short order.

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