iPhone 4S: Siri alternatives

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Love it or hate it the iPhone 4S is coming in just a weeks time, and if there was just one feature that would make it worth your while getting, then it would have to be Siri. It’s time to get over the fact that Apple’s new smartphone does not look any different to the current version, because it still looks like one of the best on the market – not to mention most solid as well.

Apple is not without its critics and rivals, who make it their mission to try and beat the iPhone. We don’t want to come over as Apple lovers, it’s just all other phones will always be compared to the iPhone, as it was and still is a revolution. Well, that revolution continues with the launch of Siri, which will only work with the iPhone 4S. So now we have to ask what alternatives are out there to this new voice control system?

From what we have seen Siri offers the best voice command system yet, but let us not forget that it will be launched in beta for now. However, if the system works as well as is did during the keynote on Tuesday, then we are in for a real treat. So what alternatives are out there for those who do not want to shell out more money for an iPhone 4S?

Currently there are around five real alternatives, but how do they compare to Siri? The first, as always is Google Voice Actions, but it is very limited in the commands that it can understand. Google will not sit around for long, and will now be working hard to improve on its system.

Microsoft has some experience in this field, but Search Engine Land believes that Microsoft will either be working hard at developing something like Siri for its Windows Phone OS, or will do just what Apple did, acquire a company to give them a head start. The worry here is that they could then rush out their voice activation service, instead of taking their time like Apple did.

There are three other services that try to do what Siri does, but they are not in the same league. The first of these is Nuance Dragon Go, which can only be used on the iPhone; functions work in a similar way to that of Siri, but only in its basic form.

Vlingo is a lot like the one that we mentioned above. The company has been doing all they can to try to replace Siri, as it was only available in app form since Apple purchased them a couple of years ago. The final voice command alternative is CleverSense’s Alfred App. We like to see this app as Ask Jeeves, as it tries to be a sort of personal assistant – although a not very good one.

You can clearly see that there isn’t anything on the market that will be able to compete with Siri, we just wonder how long that will be for?

We will know in 7 days if Siri is as good as it looks, we do hope so.

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  • Leonard Holland

    Google voice actions and Vlingo are great for basic voice commands, but they don’t understand context like Siri does. That will be Apple’s bread and butter.

  • http://twitter.com/theDavidAinley David Ainley

    Microsoft acquired Tellme in 2007 and already integrated it into Mango.

    Research?