Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Google Android boss Andy Rubin and Microsoft's Windows Phone head Andy Lees have both publicly criticized Apple's new Siri voice assistant and questioned its usefulness.
Based on the past performance of features these clowns panned, this means Siri is going to be the
differentiator between the iPhone and the competitors going forward
Rubin, who currently serves as Google's senior vice president of mobile, said in an interview on Wednesday that he doesn'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,” he added.
Good grief, is he positioning himself for a position at Gartner in the future?!? Your phone shouldn't be an assistant? I've got news for him - my iPhone is already useful enough to be an assistant. Perhaps if his phone had a mature app platform and a decent web browser he would understand the concept and it wouldn't seem so foreign to him!
According to the executive, who is a former Apple employee, it still remains to be seen whether customers will take to talking to a phone and not another person. “We’ll see how pervasive it gets,” said Rubin.
Huh? Talk about a false dichotomy - why is it always either/or with these clowns?
He did point out, however, that one of the co-founder of Android had worked on a cellphone speech company. Google itself has already built a measure of voice recognition functionality into Android, though the technology is not as advanced as Siri.
"Well, it's not a bad idea - it's just our implementation sucks so we don't want to really talk about it"
It's unclear what exactly Lees meant by the comment, however, as Siri allows users to run searches on Google, Bing and Yahoo, in addition to providing access to a set of services, including Wolfram Alpha, Wikipedia and Yelp.
Another clueless competitor that is unfamiliar with that about which he is panning. Pathetic.
According to the report, Lees implied that Microsoft would avoid having its users speak commands to their phones in public.
And an iPhone 4S user can't avoid speaking command their phones in public if they want to?
So iPhone 4S users have a choice of when to use it, but Microsoft is going to prevent it by not offering it at all?
Brilliant! It's not a gaping hole in our product line, but a feature!
While Apple's competitors may doubt Siri's usefulness, millions of customers have already voted with their wallets.
Bingo. Here's the money point - literally. Sigh.... flummoxed may have been way too kind....