Originally Posted by solipsism
Yes, I'm saying that Google's backend has a very difficult growth problem to match Siri. It will need:
- More intelligent system that will require more processing of requests.
- It will need to be more throughout and complete in the services in offers
- It will need to be much faster than Google' voice control is currently (I haven't personally used it but I've heard that it's not fun to use because of the delay).
Once all those are dealt with Google will get a lot more users using it a lot more, which means even more HW to keep it comparable. Now factor in how many more Android-based devices there are in use compared to iPhone 4Ses and you see a dilemma that is much easier for Apple to deal with, hence my suggestion of how Google could introduce a similar service.
From my experiences, the delay is really network dependent more than anything. I've had times where it responded instantly, and times when it went processing for minutes. On WiFi, it always
responds instantly, at least in its current form, so I don't think theres much room for improvement there.
On the processing power, you have a point. but considering the potential for how easy this makes google searches, I think google will find it worthwhile.
Of course it responds to keywords. That's how language works. Siri is more versatile and can parse your natural language better than any other competing service. Language and intelligence between human's isn't perfect either, nor ever will be.
Human's get tripped up with language and ideas, too. I'm not sure why that would suggest it's any less useful or difficult for Google to implement when its worlds above what anyone else has and what iOS 4.0 had with local Voice Control.
Guess my point got lost in my words. My point was that because siri is not truly 'AI' in the strictest sense, its foundation is not that far removed from voice actions; meaning google, in theory, should be able to match capability through expanding their library of recognized keywords.
The questions are:
1) Will Android Assistant AndyAny work like Siri and only use [Google] web searches as a fail-through of last resort?
2) If they only deliver web searches -- how do they compete with Siri who delivers cruft free answers and accomplish tasks?
Nah, google web searches will probably be the predominate response. I dont' see this as a bad thing tho; google web searches are pretty damn good (they wouldn't be where they are if it wasn't), and includes numerous features
that can deliver 'cruft free answers'
Oh, and android already has a little green robotic mascot that I'm sure they will leverage as the face of their 'siri'
... or they can go with the DROID HAL9000-esq red eye (the geek in me really wishes that would happen)