By Stephen Schenck | June 22, 2012 4:16 PM
With Siri, we got to see how voice input could become more than a simple tool for just triggering a few specific phone actions, and start to behave more like a full-featured virtual assistant. That’s sparked a wave of interest from other companies looking to bring their own devices those same sorts of capabilities, like we’ve seen with Samsung and S-Voice on the Galaxy S III. Unfortunately, S-Voice failed to live up to our expectations, but maybe someone else can do a bit better. An odd teaser HTC’s posted on its Facebook page may suggest that the company is preparing such an offering of its own.
The things is, as you can see above, HTC’s showing-off its app with a dog at the helm. Despite all the “woof”s, the interaction we see is clearly very Siri-like; could this weird glimpse into HTC’s sense of humor be a backdoor way to reveal the company’s work on its own voice assistant app? We’d like to hope so, since this looks pretty nice, but the devil’s in the details, and we can’t tell how great the speech recognition and parsing is just by looking.
So, perhaps this is some joke that we’re just not getting, and as a result, reading far, far too much into. But maybe, it’s supposed to mean something like “HTC’s speech recognition is so top-notch, that it can even understand what your dog is saying”.