The war of words continues. After Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, Android's Andy Rubin has a choice word or two about , Apple's voice-controlled virtual assistant.
"I don't believe your phone should be an assistant," Rubin said in an interview, reports AllThingsD. "Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn't be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone."
So, doesn't sound like Android will be getting its own version of Siri anytime soon. He wasn't completely against the voice-controlled assistant though. On the question of whether people will use it or not, he said, "To some degree it is natural for you to talk to your phone," though how much people will trust a piece of technology over a human, he's not so sure. "We'll see how pervasive it gets," he said, somewhat mysteriously.
Rubin also pointed out one of the Android co-founders, Rich Miner, had a text-to-speech company called Wildfire, while General Magic also tried its hand with its precursor to the PDA. "This isn't a new notion," he said. But he praised Apple for its timing. "In projecting the future, I think Apple did a good job of figuring out when the technology was ready to be consumer-grade." As Apple tends to do.
Apple bought Siri last year and integrated it into the. Apple then to give it some more personality. It doesn't work fully in the UK due to Apple , but that should all change next year. It also with your contacts, and when your phone is locked.
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