Siri and Google Now – The Wingman Goes Digital

This time 18 months ago, the voice assistant was a thing of the future. Now, it’s very much a thing of the present, and it has gradually transformed into yet another technology battle between Apple and Google, as well as poor attempts from Samsung and individual app makers. Here’s some information about the latest technology craze.

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Siri Almost Belonged To Android, Then Apple Ruined Everything

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In 2011, Apple revealed a voice assistant named ‘Siri’, which quickly became a household name due to its popularity. It was released with the iPhone 4S, and for many people was the main selling point on the device which had only been tweaked since the last generation. However, although this was Siri’s biggest stage, it wasn’t the first time it had been revealed to the public.

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Blackberry 10 Has A Voice Assistant

It’s no secret that RIM are really struggling. A change in CEO and the failure of the Playbook tablet have resulted in the company going from hero to zero. In the fightback to win some market audience, RIM announced Blackberry 10 a few months back, a new operating system to redefine Blackberry. It has several new features which we are all aware of such as a new keyboard, but a recent update to the developer alpha has introduced a new Siri-Like voice assistant.

A video uploaded by Crackberry.com has revealed that one of the features in the new update includes a voice assistant which is slightly different to Siri or it’s competition. Instead of being a dedicated application that opens, it’s hidden away under the user interface. Holding down the side button reveals a voice asking you to give a command. This command can be an internet search or to open an application. It’s early days so the ins and outs of the app haven’t been completely figured out.

It’s slow and boring at the moment with no ground-breaking features. Whether this will change on the final build or not, we will have to wait and see. But from what I’ve seen of Blackberry 10 so far, it’s not going to save them.

S-Voice VS Siri

When Samsung announced S-Voice, there was never any question that it would be tested against Siri, Apple’s voice assistant. The folks over at Dialaphone have put together this very interesting ‘S-Voice VS Siri’ infographic to put the two applications against each other.

After looking at the infographic, it’s difficult to decide a winner. Siri clearly loads faster, but the information given by S-Voice seems to be more useful.

I have tried and tested both, and in my personal opinion, I think Siri is better. I feel that S-Voice takes too long to recognize simple commands that are picked up easily by Siri.

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iOS 6 Announced At WWDC, 200 New Features

The long awaited 2012 WWDC conference has just finished, and there has been a few interesting releases by Apple. Notably, and the topic of this article, is the release of iOS 6.

The sixth mobile OS released by the company yearly since launching the iPhone back in 2007. The new operating system comes with 200 new features, some small and some big. Here are some of the notable changes.

Release Date: Beta is out today, Full release in Autumn.

iOS 6 (Developing)

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Facebook

Last year, as part of iOS 5, Apple released deeper Twitter integration. Meaning that you could tweet a website or image directly  from an app. Now, in iOS 6, the same idea has been transferred to Facebook. Now you can update a status, post a picture or website from just about anywhere on the operating system. You can also now update a status directly from Siri.

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Siri

Well, Siri is no longer an iPhone 4S only product. The voice assistant has now officially been ported to the New iPad, meaning sadly older versions of the iPad or iPhone are still left in the dark. Nevertheless, i’m sure in  no time at all, older iPad users will be able to get the new version of Siri on their tablets. What is this new version of Siri? Well, in iOS 6, Siri has learnt a lot more than in the last update. Now Siri can give updates on sports scores, film times and locations a lot better than it ever could before. It can also do things a lot smoother and life-like than it has been able to in previous versions.

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Okay, this is Android. But it's the same kind of idea.

Better Call Screen

In iOS 6 you can now send a text message or iMessage directly from the call screen. This means that if somebody tries calling you in a time where you just can’t answer, you can send a pre-stored message which explains that you can’t take the call, rather than hanging up and coming across as rude. This is one of my favourite features in Ice Cream Sandwich and while they may be accused of copying Android, this will certainly be a welcome addition to iOS.

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Browser

There hasn’t been a huge amount of changes to Safari on iOS 6. The only differences being you can now save pages on iCloud for offline reading, and landscape mode supports full screen on iPhone and iPad.

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Maps

As expected, iOS 6 has dropped Apple’s inclusion of Google Maps. Instead, Apple have opted for their own mapping system, which includes the greatly rumoured 3D maps, as well as a brand new turn-by-turn navigation system.

It’s also worth noting that the slides mentioned a re-designed app store. However there has not been much focus on this as of yet so there aren’t many details. I will update the app when more details surface.

Keep an eye on Geeks Have Landed for a review of iOS 6 Beta!

What’s your favourite feature of iOS 6? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Samuel L. Jackson & Zooey Deschanel Appear in Apple Ads

Apple have enlisted the help of two A-list celebrities to help in the marketing campaign of Siri, the voice controlled personal assistant.

Avengers Assemble star Samuel L. Jackson is seen using Siri to aid him in organizing ‘date night’, by showing him where to buy, and how to prepare ingredients for a romantic meal.

Apple have used Zooey Deschanel’s much publicized quirkiness in her commercial. She is shown using Siri to find out the weather (whilst looking out the window), selecting a song to dance to, and reminding her to tidy up….tomorrow.

Apple are yet to upload the ads to their YouTube channel, the ones above are recordings posted to the video sharing site shortly after they aired on TV in America.