Apple Experimenting Siri Concept Voice Navigation for Future iOS 5 [Video]

July 23, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple products are most definitely treading the same line as other gadgets in what they do. But one place where Cupertino seems laid back when compared to Android devices is the system-wide Voice Actions technology.

To fill up that hole, the Apple-Nuance partnership came into being with Apple buying Siri in early 2010. The expected announcement didn’t come at the WWDC or when the iOS 5 was introduced.

But then we saw the partnership take root by the incorporation of Nuance voices in Apple’s OS X Lion and Nuance speech-to-text functionality in Apple’s internal settings modules. We can expect the speech integration in the soon-to-be released iOS 5.

The iPhone 5 will most probably host an extensive voice recognition service called the ‘Assistant’. This feature will work by imbibing not only the user’s voice inputs but also by using information like location, contact’s information, and music metadata to formulate the best information to serve a user’s request.

Assistant would also work with the phone locked. The service will be crowd-sourced, so users can send their data securely to Apple for any improvement they hope for.

This is, in effect, like the process which iTunes and App Store Genius employ. There are also rumors of the Nuance integration to be more advanced than thought of.

The Assistant will be able to interpret the information and reply adequately. Thus, the service promises to offer completeness in the voice navigation area.

This might be closely related to Siri’s concept of “Virtual Personal Assistants”. Cupertino is still in the beginning stages of the development, so we are not sure whether it will be readied in time for the iPhone 5 launch.

And going by Apple’s history, the company won’t adopt a concept until it’s developed perfectly and most of the company’s developments glide past without ever reaching the user.But we hope that may not be the case with the Assistant.

It will be nice to be able to talk to your phone for tasks and get some replies.

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