Details of an Android challenger to Apple’s Siri app have emerged online. And if it fulfils its potential, it could make the iPhone 4S’s voice-activated digital assistant look more than a little one-dimensional.
Exclusive to the iPhone 4S, Siri enables users to dictate emails and schedule reminders with their voice alone. However, its main selling point is that it offers voice-activated web searches.
According to a source cited by TechCrunch, Google’s Assistant app will purportedly ‘go beyond’ Siri by focussing less on returning search results and more on “accomplishing real-life goals”.
Set to launch during the fourth quarter of 2012, Assistant will also differ from Siri by harvesting data from Android phone owners' Google+ accounts and elsewhere to deliver results that are more personal and therefore more relevant.
And in a final point of difference from the House of Cupertino, Google plans to allow third-party devs to use tools for its application to build their own apps with voice-command features.
Since hovering up headlines in the immediate aftermath of the iPhone 4S launch, Siri has had something of a mixed reception. Especially in the UK where the lack of support for business searches left many buyers disappointed.
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