Will Apple’s iPhone 5 be the death of Google?

“We’re now just weeks, if not days, away from Apple’s iPhone 5, and maybe it’s time for Google to start getting worried,” Rick Aristotle Munarriz writes for The Motley Fool.

“The reason for the search engine giant to begin chewing away at its fingernails is that Apple’s next iPhone supposedly will offer some pretty nifty voice control features,” Munarriz writes. “As a result of Apple’s acquisition of Siri last year, speech-recognition ‘personal assistant’ technology is being added to the new line of Apple handsets.”

Munarriz writes, “The platform is also integrated with Wolfram Alpha, the online computational knowledge system. Want to know the mass of Mars, pull up a stock quote, or convert currencies? All the things that you used to ‘Google’ are now a conversation away. Siri’s Assistant platform and Nuance’s speech-to-text dictation prowess are apparently about to make smartphones even smarter.”

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32 Comments

    1. Sure, they can copy BUT Apple does not need to have their iOS devices use Google’s services. That is where Google makes their money. Android is free. Siri is the traffic cop and can redirect users to where it is best for the device to go.

      Google, you should not have messed around with Apple. Work with Apple or become iRoad Kill.

    1. totally agree. I say Apple should take others ideas (like other mobile market companies do to Apple) and improve them. Innovation doesn’t have to always start from the ground up. This keeps those of us currently purchasing Apple products from having to wait for certain features (like iCal) to advance while others (notes, iTunes, GPS….etc) take their turn being the focus feature.

  1. I can’t wait to test it on iOS5, but considering a large chunk of the features in iOS 5 finally bring the OS on par with Android in more areas than it surpasses it (granted, I have not tried EVERYTHING iOS5 has to offer, including speech) I’m still not sure it is going to be digging Google’s grave.

    If its good enough I’d be game on moving back to an iPhone (haven’t had one since iPhone Gen2).

    1. I wouldn’t bother then. Based on your comment I don’t think iPhone will ever be the phone for you again. Apple isn’t going to try to keep up with Android because that isn’t their goal. Apple will continue to make the phone they want, not a phone jammed full of features that aren’t fully integrated with each other and the hardware.
      Goggle will continue to hear that Apple is maybe going to include some feature and then haphazardly shoehorn it into Android as fast as they can to beat Apple so you’ll always be on the bleeding edge with Android, even if it doesn’t always work exactly right. That is assuming your phone manufacturer puts out the update on time (doubtful, they’re usually 3 or more months behind, some times as much as 6) or that your phone is eligible for the upgrade (many aren’t ever upgradable due to arbitrary reasons).

      1. The main thing that turned me on to Android was the integration with Gmail. The fact I could simply enter my gmail address when I first got the phone and have all my mail, contacts and calendar simply show up and be integrated into the phone was a big selling point. I also liked the fact that I didn’t *need* to plug into the computer for anything.

        Sure I rooted my phone and have played with the API and done some interesting geek things with it but that stuff is more fun than what I seriously need out of my phone.

        My current phone is about a year old, but a lot can change in the next 12 months on either the Apple or Google front.

        If iCloud is solid and the integration is there I would def consider going back.

        1. I get my gmail on my iPhone too. You just enter in the email in the iPhone’s mail App. I’m told it syncs the gmail calendar too but I don’t use the gmail calendar so I can’t say. As far as I know the iPone has worked seamlessly with gmail since version 1.
          Until the iCloud thing, plugging the phone into a computer was a feature. It backed your phone up. If you’re Android phone goes down and you haven’t backed it up, you’re SOL. Now the iPhone with not only sync but backup wirelessly so even that need to plug in is gone.

          1. On Android its more than just the mail app, at least with the HTC Sense UI all my widgets automatically populate with the proper data from my cal, contacts etc. The phone dialer and built in Android contacts app all pull the data automatically and it is all linked to my gmail and my facebook (not that I care about fb).

            Android just felt like it was built for integrating into Google’s web services or ‘cloud’ and that is what I liked so that makes me very curious to see how iCloud is integrated into the iPhone.

            I’d be fine if my Droid took a dive. Upon restore or firing up my new Droid, I’d enter my gmail login info and my settings and applications are brought back down from Google. I also used HBoot and backed up the entire ROM and all data to my SDCard but luckily I have never had to restore the thing *knock on wood*

            I’m on a mac at home now, and if iCloud integration with an iPhone and my mac is better than my existing solutions I’ll def be considering a trip back to the iPhone.

          2. praus,

            The point he was making is that Android automatically backs up to the Google cloud. If your phone goes down, gets lost, broken etc. all you have to do with your new phone is log-in at first boot and all your stuff magically comes to your new phone with OTA sync.

            Apps you’ve bought, contacts, email, calendar events etc. all are in the cloud automagically, no plugging in, no worry.

            1. Yes that exact same feature was around pre-android. When i opened the box on my first iphone 3g i typed my .me address and everything on the phone was populated including my personal settings, favorites, contacts – everything from my iMac. Same with my 3gs and my 4.

  2. Title of this article is hilarious! Seems like not too long ago everyone was talking about an “iPhone killer”. iPhone has not been killed — instead it’s going stronger than ever. Android too is going stronger than ever, so it’s just funny to me to hear talk of a new and improved iPhone being a Google (i.e., Android) killer.

    1. Yeah I don’t think the iPhone is going to be the Google killer, I think Google or rather Android is going to suffer a death by a thousand cuts from all the lawsuits against them and/or their OEMs.

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