Mar, 03 2012


Google has been working on a Siri competitor since last year – Majel. This service has yet to make it to the market, but it seems like there is a reason for that. According to Tech Crunch, the name is now Google Assistant, and the Search Giant has taken things a step further.

The project is being conducted by the Android team, which plans to open source Assistant. Hence, allowing developers to use the service to further improve their apps and products. This means that Assistant will be able to be utilized in devices, programs, apps, browsers and whatever else they feel could take advantage of it.

Voice technology is nothing new for Android, but surely a more personalized service would improve the experience. People love Siri, and Google is not slowing down the competition. Tech Crunch’s source indicates that the project involves three parts:

  • 1 – Get the world’s knowledge into a format a computer can understand.
  • 2 – Create a personalization layer — Experiments like Google +1 and Google+ are Google’s way of gathering data on precisely how people interact with content.
  • 3 – Build a mobile, voice-centered “Do engine” (‘Assistant’) that’s less about returning search results and more about accomplishing real-life goals.

These sources also state that Assistant is set to be released by Q4 of 2012. We will have to wait a bit before we see anything, but it looks promising and might be worth it. If you like voice commands, that is. I know I rarely use them, even though they have been available for quite some time.

But what do you think? Would you be interested in Siri-like voice commands?

[Via: Tech Crunch]