Google's Rubin: Your phone is no assistant
Android's chief says you should be talking to the person on the other end of the line, not to the phone itself.
You and your smartphone may be inseparable, but that doesn't mean you ought to be best friends.
That's the essential message from Andy Rubin, Google'schief, who spoke at the AsiaD conference this week. Not so coincidentally, he said this just days after the launch of the iPhone 4S, a chief feature of which is Siri, a voice-activated feature that Apple is billing as a " ."
"I don't believe that your phone should be an assistant," Rubin said in an interview, as reported by AllThingsD.
Rather, he said, a telephonic gadget is a tool: "You shouldn't be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone."
Apple's Siri has been the object of great fascination for many in the short time since it burst onto the scene. People have used it to, to , and to . They've speculated about and whether it will .
Rubin thinks the jury's still out on whether talking to your phone like that, rather than through it to a bona fide human being, will truly catch on. "We'll see how pervasive it gets," he said in the interview, while also acknowledging that Apple succeeded in making this kind of voice technology "consumer-grade."
Android phones, by the way, .