Siri clones demonstrate vast technical lead Apple enjoys with iPhone 4S software

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Siri, the automated personal assistance feature Apple acquired and integrated into iPhone 4S, has attracted lots of comparisons with apps or system services for alternative mobile platforms, but none come close to doing what Siri can.



Can't Tellme much



Last week, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie stated in an interview that his company's Windows Phone 7 has included a similar Tellme voice recognition system for a year now, suggesting that Apple's only edge was in its marketing of the feature.



However, a video comparison of Microsoft's Tellme and Apple's Siri created by Australian tech site TechAU demonstrated that while Windows Phone 7 devices can in fact listen to speech, they can't decipher phrases very well and have no ability to handle sophisticated tasks like scheduling events in the user's calendar.







Prior to Mundie's claim, Microsoft's WP7 manager Andy Lees stated that he didn't think Siri was "super useful," indicating his company would avoid having its users speak commands to their phones in public, an outlook apparently not shared by the company's "Chief Research and Strategy Officer."



Google: 'Siri is a cute bumbling droid, Android is Enterprise worthy'



Google's Director of Android User Experiences Matias Duarte made similarly dismissive comments about Siri, comparing Apple's technology to, ironically, droid characters in Star Wars by saying that on Apple' s iOS , "you have these robot personalities like C-3PO who runs around and he tries to do stuff for you, messes up and makes jokes, he?s kind of a comic relief guy."



In conrast, Duarte said, "our approach is more like Star Trek, right, starship Enterprise; every piece of computing surface, everything is voice-aware. It?s not that there?s a personality, it doesn?t have a name, it?s just 'Computer.'?



Just as with Microsoft, developers at Android are also conflicted about the direction of their criticism of Siri. Andy Rubin, the head of Android development at Google, insisted earlier that he doesn't "believe that your phone should be an assistant" like Siri, an opinion seriously incompatible with Duarte's insistence that Android is at least aspiring to be something like the always-helpful bridge computer of Star Trek.



Droid do'hs



In reality, Android is missing any futuristic assistance service like the one Majel Barrett voiced for the crew of the fictitious Star Trek Enterprise. Instead, the company supplies basic voice recognition with accuracy well below Siri's, while lacking the ability to intelligently process user requests to perform sophisticated tasks.



Google does offer a separate Voice Search app, which can respond to some basic commands such as send a text or email, get directions or play music, using the company's Voice Actions technology. However, this service is much closer in scope to Apple's simplistic Voice Commands, as there is no real processing of grammar or ability to integrate into services like Yelp, interact with the users' calendar, or remember relationships between your contacts, among other Siri features.



Other third party apps merely serve as a second skin to Google's voice services, or provide their own voice-based services, such as Vlingo (also available for iOS, making it a option for users who don't have the latest iPhone 4S). These are still basic voice command apps, not anything like a personal assistant incorporated into the operating system.



Android's Clumsy Cluzee



One of the latest Android apps to compare itself to Siri is Cluzee. Despite getting attention in press releases, it was described as "another awful Siri clone" by ExtremeTech, which complained that "the app is plagued with issues, and doesn?t have the same functionality that Siri offers."



In a side by side comparison with Siri performing five commands, "it recognized one command [launching a web search] successfully, force-closed on another, then simply refused to understand the other three."







Competitors are racing to appropriate the spotlight Apple has captured with Siri in part because the new feature is working to sell iPhone 4S, Apple's fastest selling smartphone yet. Analysts have noted that in "talking to industry sources, what?s driving the 4S is better than expected reception of its new Siri software."



Siri is reported to be one of the largest development groups within Apple, who have worked not just to make Siri functional, but also to "forge an emotional tie with customers."
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  • daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Siri is nice enough, and I use it more often than I ever thought I would, but the over-the-top hyperbole in this 'article' is laughable.



    (...typical DeD fanaticism)
  • solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    I love what TellMe thinks he asking in the video. It appears it's using Bing searches to find possible matches hence 'teen anal'. Truth be told TellMe might not good with his Aussie accent so an American accent may have yielded better voice recognition but even beyond that is that it's not doing any of the useful things Siri can do.
  • macvictamacvicta Posts: 346member
    The Siri voice on that Australian guy's phone is sexy. She sounds more natural than American Siri.
  • postulantpostulant Posts: 1,270member
    Siri's importance will be dismissed until the competition can figure out how to copy and implement something similar. The strategy thus far has been to wait until Apple creates something, then copy it and add features Apple previously left out and then market their product as better.



    Give them time.
  • tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member
    The "other guys" have to criticize Apples SIRI. If they complemented it then they would be admitting that Apple has designed a great product. I know the SIRI is only beta, but it still is better than anything out there.



    I get a kick out of Microsoft and them bragging about their speech recognition. But do they know how inferior it is to SIRI? My God man. Get your head outa your A%$.



    Android "force quit". How lame. And that was an app purchased, and having to force quit. How impressive.



    Apples SIRI having issues, well its a beta. I bet once the bugs are worked out it will shine like a new penny.
  • solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Siri "is no big deal" yet we'll surely hear about the "Siri killers" as they arrive.
  • macinthe408macinthe408 Posts: 1,050member
    Apple doing what it does best: Going into a previously-created category and obliterating the competition.



    Instead of me-too apps Apple strives for me-better.
  • jmmxjmmx Posts: 340member
    PLEASE DON'T CALL THEM CLONES!



    While many existed before the recent rebirth of Siri - none of them hold a candle to Siri in performance! So clones they are NOT!
  • haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tylerk36 View Post


    The "other guys" have to criticize Apples SIRI. If they complemented it then they would be admitting that Apple has designed a great product. I know the SIRI is only beta, but it still is better than anything out there.




    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Postulant View Post


    Siri's importance will be dismissed until the competition can figure out how to copy and implement something similar. The strategy thus far has been to wait until Apple creates something, then copy it and add features Apple previously left out and then market their product as better.



    Give them time.



    Apple will not make a video iPod. Nobody wants to watch video on an iPod.



    Apple will not allow third parties to create native iPhone applications. Nobody cares about native iPhone applications.



    Apple will not add copy and paste to the iPhone. Nobody cares about copy and paste.



    Apple will not add multitasking to the iPhone. Nobody cares about multitasking.



    Apple will not make a tablet. There is no demand for tablets.
  • enzosenzos Posts: 344member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacVicta View Post


    The Siri voice on that Australian guy's phone is sexy. She sounds more natural than American Siri.



    Strewth! and Aussie women do too.



    You can change the Siri voice to UK or Oz in General Settings.



    hahaha.. just took a look at TellMe responses..



    meeting at teen anal [sic!]



    swingers swap partners in prudish Singapore



    and "send a text to Simone" becomes



    stain detector simo



    Typical MS, good at kinky porn and nonsense
  • psych_guypsych_guy Posts: 451member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Haggar View Post


    Apple will not make a video iPod. Nobody wants to watch video on an iPod.



    Apple will not allow third parties to create native iPhone applications. Nobody cares about native iPhone applications.



    Apple will not add copy and paste to the iPhone. Nobody cares about copy and paste.



    Apple will not add multitasking to the iPhone. Nobody cares about multitasking.



    Apple will not make a tablet. There is no demand for tablets.



    Obviously Steve was using Muhammad Ali's technique of "Rope-A-Dope", and it apparently worked as Apple caught the market flat footed and he delivered a one-two punch delivery of both video on iPods and iPhones and also hammered the market with the iPad.
  • psych_guypsych_guy Posts: 451member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    Siri is nice enough, and I use it more often than I ever thought I would, but the over-the-top hyperbole in this 'article' is laughable.



    (...typical DeD fanaticism)



    I don't know what's worse DED's "fanaticism", or your dogged knee-jerk hater boy reaction to everything he writes. Dude, you need to get a life.
  • bullheadbullhead Posts: 492member
    Microsoft is in total denial. Their Windows Phone has failed hard. their BING search engine has failed hard. Zune failed hard. Silverlight failed hard. XBox failed hard. XBox 360 is falling fast and almost in third place globally now; it will be in last place after this Christmas season. Google is chipping away at their Office monopoly.



    All's Microsoft can do is continue raising prices on their Office suite and illegally obtained OS monopoly.
  • haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    Siri is nice enough, and I use it more often than I ever thought I would, but the over-the-top hyperbole in this 'article' is laughable.



    (...typical DeD fanaticism)



    AppleInsider should include the author names in the list of articles that are displayed on the homepage. That way, we can see who wrote each article without having to click on the links.
  • suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,052member
    Cluzee??? Has anyone else noticed an affinity for the letter zzz in Android/Linux product namez?
  • suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,052member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Haggar View Post


    AppleInsider should include the author names in the list of articles that are displayed on the homepage. That way, we can see who wrote each article without having to click on the links.



    You mean you can't tell from the headlines? Did "demonstrate vast technical lead" not totally give it away?
  • haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Psych_guy View Post


    Obviously Steve was using Muhammad Ali's technique of "Rope-A-Dope", and it apparently worked as Apple caught the market flat footed and he delivered a one-two punch delivery of both video on iPods and iPhones and also hammered the market with the iPad.



    But the Apple fanboys don't see it as a "technique". Instead, they aggressively defend what is said. But when Apple does release those products or features, those Apple fanboys can't admit that they were wrong. Instead, they change their story and spin it to say "Apple was planning to do it all along".
  • suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,052member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tylerk36 View Post


    The "other guys" have to criticize Apples SIRI. If they complemented it then they would be admitting that Apple has designed a great product. I know the SIRI is only beta, but it still is better than anything out there.



    I get a kick out of Microsoft and them bragging about their speech recognition. But do they know how inferior it is to SIRI? My God man. Get your head outa your A%$.



    I can't tell to what degree Microsoft's spin on Siri is just obligatory trash talking the competition and how much is really head-up-assness. We know that owning an iPhone around Microsoft campus is a guilty pleasure a lot of Microsofties have to hide from their bosses, lest Ballmer walk over and stomp on your iPhone. And of course, Melinda Gates has to say that no members of their family can bring Apple devices into their home. But there was an interview with Bill Gates where he compliments the iPhone while dismissing the iPad. It was (to the best of my recall) something like, "[the iPad is] not like when I saw the iPhone in 2007 and thought, my god, we didn't aim high enough..." So I don't think Microsoft management has their heads totally up their asses. They just can't publicly say nice things about Apple.
  • apple ][apple ][ Posts: 7,906member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Haggar View Post


    Apple will not make a tablet. There is no demand for tablets.



    The tablet was planned before the phone. It was the work on the tablet that led them to make the phone.
  • bitwranglerbitwrangler Posts: 53member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Haggar View Post


    Apple will not make a video iPod. Nobody wants to watch video on an iPod.



    Apple will not allow third parties to create native iPhone applications. Nobody cares about native iPhone applications.



    Apple will not add copy and paste to the iPhone. Nobody cares about copy and paste.



    Apple will not add multitasking to the iPhone. Nobody cares about multitasking.



    Apple will not make a tablet. There is no demand for tablets.



    Please understand the difference between "will not" and "has no current plans to". While I do remember Steve dissing video on iPods (due to screen size), I don't ever recall them saying that any of the other things in the absolute sense that you have stated them. Plus, you're missing the point, the issue is that Apple's competitors are actually dissing the product, none of the statements you made above do that. It'd be like Apple dissing the Samsung Galaxy by stating that no one wants a 4+" display, or by saying that no one wants a removable battery. Rather, they say that they think that it's more important currently to have a larger non-removable battery or having a smaller but higher pixel density display.



    But that's the real difference, Apple will rarely (notice I said rarely, not never) come out and diss someone else's product. Outside of 7" displays, when is the last time that Apple officially poopoo'ed a competitors wares? They may not always be open about what's in the pipeline and express it by telling you why you don't absolutely need it right now, but they generally won't bad mouth it while harboring this secret man crush on their competitors implementation.
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