Microsoft is pitting its virtual assistant, Cortana, directly against Siri and Google Now with new apps for iPhone and Android. The new capabilities may prove useful for the many mobile workers who use Windows computers but carry iPhones or Android devices.
Move over Siri. Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant, may be coming to stay awhile on the iPhone.
If Apple and Google get their way, Siri and Google Now might soon vie for attention as your virtual secretary. According to news reports, both smartphone manufacturers are looking at ways connect their virtual assistant technology to enterprise data to give workers a whole new way of accessing company apps and information.
A computer-generated voice named "Dom," similar to Apple's Siri, will start taking your mobile device order on the Domino's app Monday, according to the pizza delivery chain, the AP reports.
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.