Originally Posted by Gatorguy
To Dick Applebaum: I don't know. Until a little earlier I hadn't considered that Google might have a quandary to deal with concerning how far to take voice features. The short answer is I haven't thought that thru fully, but then again that's Google's issue to deal with and I doubt they care what I think. They may end up offering something none us us have even considered yet, or nothing at all in the spring. This is all rumor at this point.
I have thought about it...
I think that as the next step, Google will:
-- improve their voice search, but still return search results and ads
-- integrate voice more deeply into Android
But it will not match what Siri does today.
Then, sometime early next year, Apple will:
-- add a single feature to Siri that changes everything
-- make Siri available on any Apple hardware capable of running it
-- allow Siri to run locally on the device where possible
-- add access to additional web/cloud services
-- integrate Siri into virtually all iOS Apple apps
-- provide a roadmap (APIs/SDK) for developers to utilize Siri in their apps (both iOS and OS X)
Likely, these won't happen the above order, or all at once... But they will happen!
At that point, Google (and MS) will have no choice but to follow suit -- even if it means disintermediating their search/ad revenue.