Everyone is very busy during Christmas season, buying of gifts, sending of Christmas cards and visiting friends. But the busiest person in the world will be Santa Claus, so how is he managing his time and how does he find the way to each house?
Santa Claus got his help from Apple iPhone 4S’s Siri! Don’t believe? Check out Apple’s new iPhone 4S TV ads:
I would say Apple’s commercials are always so creative, heartwarming and cool.
Siri is finally ported to iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4th Generation! It took Steve Troughton-Smith just a few weeks to perfect the port.
Steve did a interview with 9to5mac.com on his journey to port it over:
Mark: Where do you go from here with the port?
Steven: At this point it’s all about confirming this works across devices, making it reproducible (we got it working on two devices today), and documenting everything. It does require files from an iPhone 4S which aren’t ours to distribute, and it also requires a validation token from the iPhone 4S that has to be pulled live from a jailbroken iPhone 4S, and it’s about a 20-step process right now.
Mark: In its current state, is the port 100% functional, is there anything you would like to see work better?
Steven: Yes, it seems to be 100% functional. I’m working on the rough edges, but everything that works on the iPhone 4S seems to work here.
Mark: Do you ever see Siri showing up in Cydia (or another jailbreak store) for non natively supported devices?
Steven: No, I could not be a part of that. I have no doubts that others will package this up and distribute it quasi-illegally, or try and sell it to people. I am only interested in the technology and making it work; proving that it works and works well on the iPhone 4 and other devices.
Mark: So, you also got Siri working on the fourth-generation iPod touch, how is that working out?
Steven: We got chpwn’s iPod touch up and running with Siri after proving it works on my iPhone 4. Unfortunately the microphone on the iPod is nowhere near as good as the iPhone – you will notice that the Siri level meter hardly moves when you talk to it. While it does work, you have to speak loudly and clearly to the iPod.
For the full interview check out 9to5mac, check out the videos on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4th Generation Siri:
Apple airs their new series of TV Ads on their new baby, iPhone 4S, featuring iCloud, Siri and Camera. Siri and Camera upgrade are the 2 major upgrades from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S. iCloud is also a new service provided by Apple for free, users will be able to sync documents, photos, contacts, backups all to iCloud (5GB).
Siri as mentioned by Apple is still a beta software, I think the reason it is still in Beta is because of a few reasons.
Firstly, Siri is almost a ground-breaking Technology, the ability to understand real-life English usage, when you don’t have to speak in a weird way in order for Siri to understand.
Secondly, Siri is only available in a few language, and is mainly US and UK English. For Apple, they are targeting people around the world, thus I’m sure Chinese, Japanese, French and many other language are in their road map. Thus they won’t deem it as a complete product before people from around the world can use.
Siri vs Asian
So what will happen now if people in Asia uses iPhone 4S now? The Siri results may vary depending on people to people, but I would think that the result won’t be as good as people in the US, as our English in asia have our own Asian Accent.
So let’s see how will Siri fair against, Asian Accent like Malay, Indian and Singaporean?
Rory Cellan-Jones from BBC did a quick test to see which smartphone is better in Voice Recognition, iPhone 4S’s Siri or Android’s Google Voice Recognition.
He did the test by speaking the same text into Siri in iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy Tab and compared the transcribed results from both of them.
Orignal text he read:
It’s a challenge that has occupied scientists for decades and promised huge fortunes to anyone who could solve it. I’m talking about speech recognition, back in the news because it is one of the most significant features of Apple’s latest phone. Will it remain an amusing party-trick – or become the key way in which we communicate with computers?
Siri transcribed it as:
It’s a challenge that has occupied scientists the decade and promised huge fortunes to anyone who could solve it stop I’m talking about speech recognition back in the news because it is one of the most significant features of Apples latest phone STOCK will it remain unamusing party trick or become McKee way in which we communicate with COMPUTERS?
Galaxy Tab’s transcription:
If I started the decade and poets 14th avenue and hope It stops on Interstate recognItIon back In the news because It’s 1 of the most signIant pIctures of apples latest phone got the wIll remaIn In the musIc of the trIck or become a keyway computers.
From the above results, it seems like iPhone 4S’s reply is so much better than Samsung’s GalaxyTab’s. Although Apple’s Siri is release close to 1 year later than Google’s but it has already beat his competitor hands down. Congrats to Apple!
Siri is iPhone 4S’s special feature, it not only brings voice to text capability to iPhone, it also brought a smart voice assistant along. Siri is almost like your personal assistant who you can ask to set your appointment, alarm clock for tomorrow, read you your latest text message, check the nearest italian restaurant or even entertain you!
Check out this real life demo of Siri, I feel it is very well done and he demo-ed most of the important features and function of Siri:
One of the most disappoint fact is that Siri and Voice to Text are not all coming to iPhone 4, even with iOS 5 update. Yes, Siri will only be available on iPhone 4S. According to Apple, Siri is not on iPhone 4 or below is because Siri need the processing power of A5 dual core chip.
It doesn’t really make sense to me, because iPad 2 is also running on A5 chip, so I think Apple hope that Siri is the killer feature of iPhone 4S, so people will upgrade to the new iPhone.
But worry no more, Mr. Troughton-Smith has already ported Siri to iPhone 4! Pretty cool right? Although it is only Siri UI that was ported over, but I’m sure he is working on moving the whole Siri to iPhone 4. Very soon, we will be commanding Siri and getting Siri to do work for us, hopefully.
We have seen Scott Forstall demo-ed iPhone 4S’s Siri, it works very very well. I have recently blogged about Siri works like a charm in real life usage, but no. Siri is beta for some reasons, Siri can’t really handle accents especially Asian Accents, like Japanese or Chinese I suppose.
So I assume, Siri will be out of beta only when Apple believe it can handle the speech from anyone in the world. It will be a tough process, but I have alot of confidence on Apple on achieving it. Siri’s voice recognition now is already one of the best in the world. Give them some time. I
For the below demo video, we are looking at a Japanese guy trying out Siri with English, apperantly Siri have issue figuring out what he is trying to say. It is quite funny, I think the guy is quite mad over Siri, do check out the video:
One of the greatest new feature is the innovative intelligence voice assistant Siri. We have seen Scott Forstall demo the use of Siri on stage during the announcement of iPhone 4S. But how good will it be in real life usage?
The answer is – Equally Good! Amazingly good. To be honest, I’m amazed by how smooth and accurate the voice recognition and reply from Siri.
Check out the video on how smooth and accurate Siri is from Stuff.tv:
Apple introduced iPhone 4S, iOS5, iCloud and their new voice intelligent assistant Siri. What I feel that is iPhone 4S is not a major upgrade from the hardware point of view, except for the camera, but software is a crazy shift.
Looks at iOS 5’s features, there is notification system updates and iCloud. So what’s iCloud? iCloud sync and update all your data to all your devices, from iPhone to iPad to Macs. So you can virtually work on iPhone, switch to iPad to update and edit them on your Macbook Pro before sending them for printing. You can take a picture on your iPhone, and it magically appears on your iPad and iMac.
Check out the iCloud demo video:
If you think iCloud is impressive? Check out Siri. Siri is Apple’s Smart Voice Assistant which can help you send text messenges, schedule meetings, check weather, set reminders and many many more.
You won’t know how cool it is until you watch the demo video below: