Anyone in the world that has an iPhone 4S knows all about Siri. The funny jokes it makes, the not funny jokes, and even the actual functionality of the darn software. It’s a brilliant piece of software but we all know it has its flaws. With S-Voice coming on the Samsung Galaxy S III, Siri really has to innovate to stay top of the tree on their voice recognition system. I think over the past few years, Samsung has been getting up Apple’s nose, and they are tried of it. Apple spaced out their iPhone ahead of the Galaxy S III just to make sure what they would make would crush the competition. This year, we think its the battle of functionality and accessibility that will win over the consumers. What can my phone do for me is the popular question.
Siri is you’re personal assistant, so is S-Voice, but Siri at it’s current state is outed by S-Voice. S-Voice gives you a little more personal response, and it will perform the same tasks plus more like opening applications for you. Also, S-Voice actively listens to you, so you can make some kind of wake up statement, like wake up buttercup, ( first thing that came to mind ok?), and the Galaxy S III will be there to do as you wish. Now Siri, you can only do certain tasks, but you can do a lot. I would say that Siri is a lot more accurate that S-Voice but S-Voice isn’t completely finished either. Siri cannot open applications at your command, it will read messages, send emails, send messages, check the weather, the basics really. But Siri sort of has a personality but I dig. S-Voice feels like you’re talking to a robot, Siri is a person. It’s more personal, intimate than S-Voice.
Now with the approaching World Wide Developers Conference, we expect to see a lot of software to be innovated. It’s literally that time where if Apple doesn’t act fast, we’re going to see another giant dip in iOS users. We think that the integrity of iOS will stay pretty close to home, they don’t want to change the way people use their products since they are so accustomed to it, but we think this will be the biggest change since iOS5, probably the biggest one of them all. There might be small changes on how things look, maybe just the addition of another row vertically to fit the larger display we are hoping for? Maybe some widgets but that’s getting outside Apple territory. Now we move onto Siri, the entree of the story. Siri, currently requires an internet connection to work properly. If you do not have one, it will endlessly spin until it says,” I’m really sorry about this blah blah blah”. We think the non-Beta version of Siri will have an offline version that will let you do some things like move around appointments and open applications. Nothing that will require Siri to send your voice recognition of to get analyzed and back so Siri can complete it’s task asked. Now when you do have an internet connection, Siri will be able to open applications for a kick off, and also all the same commands we have today like checking the weather, moving appointments, and the whole nine-yards.
Siri will also have a new use in third-party applications, we think with the announcement of iOS6, a SDK with APIs for Siri will be given out to the developers so they can start making Siri-enabled applications, RunKeeper would be a great one to use. We think Siri will be one of the greatest things Apple has ever made, next to iTunes, iTunes is still the best. We only have two weeks to wait now! Stay tuned!