“Apple announced speech recognition for the next iPhone. Big deal. Android’s had it for more than a year. Apple is just playing ‘catch-up’ and the feature’s not really earth-shattering anyway. Right?” Mike Elgan asks facetiously for Cult of Mac.
“Wrong. Everything in that opening paragraph is wrong, except the sentence that reads ‘big deal,'” Elgan writes. “Siri is a very big deal, the biggest of deals.”
Elgan writes, “In fact, Siri is the most important thing to happen to mobile in this decade so far… Android Voice Actions is great technology, and is widely used by many Android fans. But it’s not really in the same class as Siri… [which] will be unlike anything the public has used before.”
“You can say things that technically or literally have nothing to do with what you mean, but Siri will in many cases figure out what you mean based on context, history and and artificial intelligence designed to understand regular human speech,” Elgan writes. “For example, if you want to set an alarm for your nap, just say ‘wake me up in 20 minutes.’ If you want to know what meetings you have scheduled for later, you can say, ‘how does the rest of my day look?'”
Elagn explains, “Android Voice Actions can’t do anything like this because it’s voice command software, not artificial intelligence… Apple via Siri will make A.I. a mainstream, everyday reality.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Android is for the cheap and/or ignorant. We pity those who settle for less than the best — a blatant, half-assed imitator, no less — especially when the best is basically the same price.