Siri almost made it to Android before Apple swooped in

Siri almost made it to Android before Apple swooped inThere was a time not so long ago when Siri was making headlines on an almost daily basis. Remember Funny sh*t with Siri? And Apple insists Siri is not anti-abortion?

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.

According to analysts, the lure of Siri fuelled early sales of the iPhone 4S, though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was less than impressed.

For millions more words on Siri, head over to Lady Bosker’s article, but maybe set aside a few hours.

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CTPAHHIK  Jan. 24, 2013 at 15:26

Maybe it's a good thing it made it to Apple. To me Siri is just a cool app to play with, it's not very useful when you need something done.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 24, 2013 at 15:52

It's a toy.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 24, 2013 at 15:58

Siri was (and still is) just a gimmick to distract the general public from the fact the iPhone 4S was a minimal upgrade over the iPhone 4 (especially considering the amount of time it took to arrive).

mightyforest  Jan. 25, 2013 at 09:12

agreed ^

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 09:28

I recently let 5 people ask Siri "what is the capital of county Mayo in Ireland?" - not a difficult sentence; not too much phonetic ambiguity. Not one relevant reply after about 50 attempts. People were a mix of Brits and Irish university teachers with decent pronunciation.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:14

I recently let 5 people ask Siri "what is the capital of county Mayo in Ireland?" - not a difficult sentence; not too much phonetic ambiguity. Not one relevant reply after about 50 attempts. People were a mix of Brits and Irish university teachers with decent pronunciation.

I tell you, voice recognition is a gimmick, but if you want the best gimmick around, use Google Now.

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