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