Apple’s voice recognition/personal assistant nonsense has been keeping a fairly low profile of late, but now we’re told it very nearly made the jump to Android before Apple snapped up the tech.
That’s the word according to beautifully bodacious Bianca Bosker of Huffington Post, with a truly colossal article on Siri. Honestly, it’s, like, the longest thing I’ve ever seen.
Hitting cmd+F and searching for Android takes us a few thousand words into the article, where Bianca explains that Verizon had signed a late 2009 deal to make Siri a default app on its Android range.
Indeed, there’s even thought to be a range of Verizon Siri adverts locked in a vault somewhere. I wanna see!
Of course, ultimately Apple barged in around mid-2010, with an exclusive deal thought to be around $150 to $250 million. Sixteen months later, Siri was unveiled as a then-exclusive feature of the iPhone 4S.
For millions more words on Siri, head over to Lady Bosker’s article, but maybe set aside a few hours.