Google’s Siri codenamed Majel, launching shortly?

Google’s Siri codenamed Majel, launching shortly?The jury’s very much out on Siri, with some analysts suggesting that it’s the driving force behind the iPhone 4S’ success (ahem), while more cynical gits like myself have dismissed it as gimmicky nonsense.

In any case, there’s no denying that Siri has garnered a heck of a lot of attention, and as such the ball is very much in Google’s court in terms of voice recognition action. Enter: Majel.

The geeks among you might recognize Majel as the name of Gene Roddenberry’s wife, Majel Barrett, who voiced much of the on-board computery stuff in Star Trek.

Incidentally, I’ve never understood Star Trek. Gimme Star Wars any day.

Google already offers Voice Actions - or Jeannie, as it was recently renamed - which entertains commands such as “Send text to [recipient] [message]” and “Listen to [artist/song/album]” for those who can’t be bothered exercising their digits.

However, Majel, as it’s currently codenamed, will reportedly be less rigid and allow for more natural commands a la Siri.

The NYTimes is touting a 2011 release for Majel, which essentially translates as: “within the next couple of weeks” at this stage.

Am I the only person who’s not convinced by voice recognition? Too many accents, man, and it’s well hard for folk like us fae Glasgae, ken? Not to mention multi-national hybrids like Jan.

via: Android and Me

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 14, 2011 at 16:49

Yeah, accents are a problem. And I hate unnecessary contacts with cloud services. If Siri or Majel did the job on the device that'd be an achievement.

jmarcelino  Dec. 14, 2011 at 18:39

This article must be wrong, Android fans were telling me Siri was a gimmick.

Hell even Andy Rubin himself said this was useless, only 2 months ago:

"“I don’t believe that your phone should be an assistant, Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone.” Andy Rubin at AsiaD.

He wouldn't go back on his word so quickly, would he?

iampav  Dec. 14, 2011 at 18:53

I find Vlingo very useful whilst driving, but the recognition is hit and miss!

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 15, 2011 at 07:34

Jmarcelino,
Yeah hahahaha

Like Jobs saying, "search on mobiles just ain't happening", or, "people don't want multitasking" (promptly reiterated by Ballmer when WP7 was launched)???? They all talk trash... The half-life of words ;)

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