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July 09, 2012

Improved Virtual Assistants Could Change the Game for Future Smartphones

Ever since Siri was released, smartphone users have seen what a virtual assistant can do. Some have even seen what it can do first hand thanks to the very high sales numbers of the iPhone 4S. Others have witnessed an expanded use thanks to the number of ads with famous people talking to their Siri as if it were a person.

Of course, the real Siri is actually a little less expansive when given instructions that people are made to believe.Google Voice Action, the Android version of Siri, has received rave reviews with the incorporation of Swype,as well as other technology. 

No matter how the virtual assistants might fall short at present, it seems like a safe bet that they will be what drives innovation in the Smartphone market for years to come. Right now, most smartphone users look at the virtual assistants as something of a novelty and still rely on their fingers to do most of the tasks they need done.

Smartphone companies like Google and Apple are working hard to make that a thing of the past. 

Phone and tablet makers strive to make the voice recognition software included in these devices that much better. One of the biggest roadblocks in people using the software is of course that they don’t like having to correct what they said five or six times to get it right. Better voice recognition will make more people turn to these devices to handle things like setting appointments and writing e-mails.

iOS 6 will be the first step, as the new and improved Siri that will allow users to update their Facebook statuses as well as send out Tweets.

Other companies like Microsoft have long been looking for a way to make some real ground in the smartphone industry, and it makes sense that they’ll be trying out its own personal assistants on smartphones before long.

As far as bells and whistles go, there aren’t a whole lot of different features that can be offered on smartphones. It only makes sense that the virtual assistant will be the next “frontier.”


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Edited by Braden Becker


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