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Apple buys Siri voice-powered personal assistant

Apple's buying spree obviously didn't stop with chip wizards Intrisity -- they've snapped up voice-powered personal assistant Siri as well.

The Siri iPhone app is currently still available in the US App Store [free - iTunes link]. No guarantees on how long that will last. What makes Siri so interesting is how they integrate a number of API together, combine Nuance's voice recognition technology, and provide a way to easily input and process a number of highly useful requests. As Robert Scoble puts it, you can talk to it and have it do everything from get you a taxi buy you movie tickets.

Apple included VoiceControl for phone dialing, music playing, and general accessibility with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3.0, but Google has raised the bar with ubiquitous OS integration starting with the Nexus One.

System-wide Siri might not just close that gap, but leapfrog it.

[FTC via Scobleizer, thanks Fassy for the tip]

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • So control the whole phone by voice ?
  • Go on Google, keep telling us iPhone users what apps we won't get from you. Make our day.
  • I saw this article on MDN, so I decided download it. Wow! What a nice application. It recognized everything I said on the first attempt. It makes additional suggestions for you can provide weather for the day of an event you asked for and a slew of other things.
    Can't wait to see what Apple will do with this technology. Like the person above me said "control the whole phone with your voice would be nice"
  • I emailed them about 6 months ago requesting them to fix something as simple as finding directions to disneyland from my house. It still doesn't work. I ask it "directions to Disneyland" it goes dumb on me.
  • Apple is a baller
  • GREAT app! Just installed it. Good job Apple. Best voice recognition I've ever used.
  • Funny app I installed it a couple days ago and was messing around with it. And spoke into the mic. And said I need some tits. And the phone said "ok I looked for strip clubs a few miles from you home. Haha funny stuff.