Apple: 'No plans' to expand Siri to older iOS devices
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has reportedly said it has "no plans" to extend its voice-activated Siri personal assistant technology to devices other than its new iPhone 4S.
Writing on his blog, developer/MSComputerVideos founder Michael Steeber reports that a consumer suggested to Apple an optional iOS build with Siri included, available as a premium upgrade. Apple's response: "Engineering has provided the following feedback regarding this issue: Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices."
Siri enables iOS device users to employ natural spoken language to access and perform device tasks like mobile search, messaging and contacts. The technology essentially applies search algorithms to translate users' verbal search queries and commands into web searches. Apple senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller has described Siri as an "intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking." Siri works with all built-in iOS apps and operates across both Wi-Fi and 3G networks. It supports English, French and German during its initial beta launch.
Apple acquired Siri in April 2010, a deal interpreted in many quarters as an attempt to strike against Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) longstanding dominance in mobile search and navigation services. Prior to the Apple acquisition, Siri secured a total of $24 million in venture financing--investors included Menlo Ventures as well as Li Ka-Shing, the Chinese billionaire who also backed social networking giant Facebook.
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