Quick takes on mobile IT news for Thursday, 12/5 including: Samsung's plans to unveil five new phones in the first quarter, the role of cross-platform tools in mobile app development, the latest plans for Siri, the time Europe beat the U.S. in mobile apps and Google's efforts to correct mobile browsing errors.
Microsoft is at work on Cortana, a voice-enabled personal assistant for Windows Phone designed to rival Apple's popular Siri feature for iOS, ZDNet reports.
Apple will roll out its overhauled iOS 7 mobile operating system to consumers on Sept. 10, according to an email sent to developer Owen Williams by Apple partner Nuance Communications, whose voice and natural language technologies power the platform's Siri intelligent assistant.
Apple unexpectedly released the sixth beta version of its new iOS 7 operating system Thursday afternoon. The company issued iOS 7 beta 5 less than two weeks ago and typically drops new iOS updates to developers on Monday mornings, suggesting this latest over-the-air release contains improvements deemed critical by Apple brass.
Apple's much-rumored, low-cost iPhone will not support signature iOS features and capabilities including the Siri voice assistant, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster stated in an investors note released Monday night.
Apple is building speech recognition services to power its Siri virtual assistant for iOS, a move to end the company's dependence on voice and natural language technologies provider Nuance Communications, Xconomy reports.
Two weeks after Apple launched the first beta version of its new iOS 7 mobile operating system, the company released beta version 2, which brings support for both the regular iPad tablet and its Mini counterpart. The first beta supported only the iPhone and iPod touch.
Tempo AI, the creator of the Tempo Smart Calendar productivity app, has completed a $10 million Series A financing round led by Relay Ventures and Sierra Ventures. Relay also spearheaded an earlier Tempo AI seed round totaling $2.5 million.
Google is looking to take on Apple's Siri with its revamped Google Now service for the desktop.
Technologies like Siri and IBM Watson could have a big influence on our expectations of enterprise search in the coming years.