Posts tagged with: Voice Search
  • by | March 10, 2014 5:58 PM

    Of all the rumored improvements Windows Phone 8.1 will bring, perhaps none is as important as Cortana. Not that a fully-featured voice assistant is a make-or-break qualification for a platform's success; rather, Cortana symbolizes a more important shift in Microsoft's priorities. With its leaked "Notebook" functionality, the new Windows Phone companion may bring the ability to catalog your personal information for later reference – an important component for any modern "digital assistant." But we've seen that kind of information mining put to good use before, in applications like ...

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  • by | August 6, 2013 1:51 PM

    Talking to a phone – or any piece of technology, for that matter – is gauche, awkward, and often alienating. There is very little that feels normal about asking your smartphone a question or telling your car stereo to call someone. However, the last two years have been a sort of resurgence for voice input for mobile platforms. Apple acquired Siri and integrated it into the core iOS experience; Google introduced Google Now and offline dictation software; Samsung introduced S Voice with TouchWiz Nature UX; and LG introduced what was virtually a direct copy of S Voice. It was only a ...

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  • by | January 3, 2013 5:26 PM

    On the last 2012 episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, recorded immediately  following the Christmas holiday, we spent a little time trading tales of gadgets wished-for and gadgets received from generous gift-givers. More importantly, we also swapped stories of an observational nature. The holidays are more than an opportunity to re-learn how to share a table with distant relatives; if you're lucky, they're also an occasion to observe how normal people interact with technology - often new technology. We talked about that more on today's episode of the Weekly -heavens, we do chat our ...

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  • by | October 30, 2012 2:37 PM

    This is one of those ironic pieces of news that really frustrates even the most devoted of Android users. Google has just updated their Google Search app for iOS, and aside from bringing iPhone 5 compatibility, it also brings something that current owners of Android devices sporting Ice Cream Sandwich or bellow don't have: Jelly Bean's Voice Search. This service is not only faster than Siri in most cases, but also brings a more humane voice to its responses. It also provides responses in separate cards, which is more or like what Jelly Bean customers receive with Google Now. The app also ...

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