Apple’s Siri patent reveals a much more powerful service that may be in the works

By on January 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM.

Apple’s Siri patent reveals a much more powerful service that may be in the works

The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published Apple’s patent application related to its Siri digital assistant service. We’ve already heard rumors that Apple is planning to launch a new television set that completely reinvents how we interact with TV by using Siri to replace the remote, but now it appears that the company has much more expansive plans for the technology. Read on for more. More →

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Google could take on Siri with ‘Majel’ for Android

By on December 14, 2011 at 3:05 PM.

Google could take on Siri with ‘Majel’ for Android

Google is reportedly working on a solution that will boost the capabilities of Voice Actions on Android smartphones and compete head-to-head with Apple’s digital assistant, Siri. The product, currently code-named “Majel,” could launch by the end of this year, AndroidandMe reported recently. Much like Siri, Majel will let Android users issue queries using conversational speech instead of having to use one of a few compatible commands. The initial release will not allow users to control the phone or any installed applications according to the report, but those functions may launch next year. While Majel may just be a rumor for now, it seems apparent that Google is planning some sort of Siri competitor. On Tuesday, the company announced that it has purchased Clever Sense, the developer behind the personal assistant software “Alfred.” It’s unclear if Alfred, which is similar to Siri, will be tied into the initial Majel launch, however. Android phone owners who want a taste of Siri-like functionality in the meantime can check out Cluzee or Iris, two third-party assistant apps available now in the Android market.

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