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Is Siri The Future?

There was a lot of fuss about Siri when it came out. Then, like most things, the press moved on. Now you mainly hear people talking about when Siri doesn't work.

So.. is Siri, or to be more specific voice control, the future or not? Well this infographic suggests that everyone wants it.

Even though a lot of you aren't very happy with it when you get it.

Personally I think it's too limited and cumbersome to ever become the primary control method for a phone.

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Siri, Why Don't You Understand Me? [infographic]
Siri is much more user friendly than my phone's voice control.

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14 thoughts on “Is Siri The Future?”

  1. You interact with your environment primarily tactilely. You interact with people primarily vocally. So, until I start to think of my phone/artificial data assistant as a person, I will prefer to interact with it tactilely.

  2. Siri is not easily discoverable for all the tasks you can use it for and is much easier to use when you tailor your usage to the way Siri works and its limitations. Unfortunately, Apple is advertising it as the interface you don't have to know to use. Also, since there has been no update to Siri in the last 6 months accentuates its flaws and limtations.

  3. I don't have Siri, but I never use the Android voice commands either.

    Partly it seems to struggle a bit with my accent (a common complaint I've seen) but mainly because it's not convenient while outside or sitting in a cube. So when would I really do it?

  4. I do think voice control is important. I use what I can on my Android but I was disappointed that ICS didn't have a competitor for Siri. Google has more hooks into data than anyone. They would have to do more than Siri functionality-wise. They can beat Apple, they just need to do it.

  5. +Bedhan Ball I would still have to speak. My issue with voice commands have nothing to do with the fact that I either need to hold the phone or use a handsfree. But sliding the phone out of my pocket and swipe across the screen a few times draws a lot less distraction than any form of sound. What would be beneficial would be to not have to pull the phone out and use discreet gestures to interact with an interface I can see anyway (the +Project Glass method) or let me just look at the screen and interact as I focus on what I want.

  6. +Johan Thorstensson when you do need to use it hands free then a voice interface is the best way to interact. +Project Glass would add to the level of distraction that people have using smart devices walking or driving so it would have its own drawbacks. I've seen people walking into cars as they are texting and looking at their screen not the road.

  7. +Bedhan Ball We seem to have different needs. I almost always have at least one hand free, but I'm often around a lot of people who will at best give me weird looks if I give coice commands (as in on the train or bus) or be annoyed at the disruption (as in cafés or at work). Hence I care very much about how much my interaction with my phone affects someone else, and only on extremely rare occasions would I need a truly handsfree experience.

    If your needs differ then Siri and her friends must be good news for you. Also I do appreciate what voice commands can do for the visually impaired. It's just not for me.

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