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Motorola with Android Voice Actions battles Siri in comparison video

Motorola with Android Voice Actions battles Siri in comparison video

Motorola has decided to take a jab at Apple's Siri intelligent voice assistant app by pitting it against Android's Voice Actions feature running on an Atrix 2, Photon 4G, and Electrify. In all three comparison videos, Siri gets beat down complete with the knockout bell sound effects. However, the video does come direct from Motorola, not exactly an unbiased source, so some rigging or editing isn't completely out of the question. Continue after the cut to watch and judge for yourself.

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Evi one-ups Siri for iOS and Android

Evi one-ups Siri for iOS and Android

There's a new voice assistant warrior in town, and it's name is Evi, bringing nothing less than a Siri contender using True Knowledge tied with Nuance voice recognition for a one-two punch that will give the rest of the fighters in the ring a run for their money. As Techcrunch writer Mike Butcher notes, the team at True Knowledge have been working on a Siri competitor since the iPhone 4S was released, and probably before that as well. What's out today is not only an iPhone application (that also works on iPad, mind you), but a Beta version of an app for Android.

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Google Android Siri opponent codename Majel, aka Star Trek Computer

Google Android Siri opponent codename Majel, aka Star Trek Computer

If you track this story all the way back to the source, you might find the actual factual bits to be less than brick solid, but just like the codename on which this Android-based Siri opponent is based, the reality of the situation might be much less important than what COULD be should the future unfold how this story reads. What we're to understand here is that Google's propensity to select much better codenames than the manufacturers who create phones based on their mobile OS Android continues here with "Majel," a voice controlled assistant made to compete against Apple's iPhone 4S-based Siri. Majel is short for Majel Barrett, both Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's wife and the voice of the computer on the starship Enterprise*.

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Evernote explains how it works with Siri

Evernote explains how it works with Siri

Evernote has posted a tip today on how to use its note-taking service with Apple's new Siri intelligent voice-assistant feature on the iPhone 4S. Siri is still a beta service at the moment and doesn't integrate with third-party apps, but you can make it work with Evernote for convenient hands-free note dictation and here's how.

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Siri hacked to work on iPhone 3GS

Siri hacked to work on iPhone 3GS

We've previously seen Apple's much raved about Siri intelligent assistant feature hacked to work on an iPhone 4, but now developers have managed to hack the feature to work on an old iPhone 3GS. The hack comes from developers Grant Paul and Steve Troughton-Smith, while a video demoing the hack was posted by Ryan Petrich.

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Pioneer reveals Zypr as free, open alternative to Siri

Pioneer reveals Zypr as free, open alternative to Siri

Pioneer launched a free platform today called Zypr that will offer intelligent voice-controlled assistance features similar to Apple's Siri. Whereas Siri is currently limited to only the iPhone 4S and will likely still remain limited to iOS over time, Zypr isn't limited to only one mobile operating system and can be used on smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronic devices, including in-vehicle entertainment systems, smart TVs, and more.

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Siri doesn’t hog data, averages 63KB per query

Siri doesn’t hog data, averages 63KB per query

Siri was introduced with Apple's iOS 5 and iPhone 4S as a new intelligent assistant feature that performs certain tasks and retrieves information via natural voice commands. Since the service works by communicating with Apple's servers, the question has come up of just how much data does Siri consume and how that may affect folks on limited data plans. Well, tests have been done and thankfully Siri's on a lean diet.

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Siri sire exits Apple

Siri sire exits Apple

Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus, who set up the intelligent digital personal assistant company that went on to be acquired by Apple in April 2010, reportedly left Apple shortly after the launch of the iPhone 4S earlier this month. Although yet to be confirmed by Apple, Kittlaus' decision to leave was "amicable" and had been planned for some time, AllThingsD's sources say. Other "key" members of the Siri team are expected to stay with the company.

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