A report by the Wall Street Journal is claiming that Google is currently working on its own voice-control service to rival Apple’s Siri.
The venerable newspaper stated today, “Google has accelerated plans to launch its own Siri competitor that would work on Android-powered devices, people familiar with the matter have said.”
With Google I/O developer conference approaching at the end of the month, it isn’t a surprise to most that the company may be announcing an operating system update for its mobile devices, and possibly even its own low-priced Android tablet. But there could be some surprises, like a rival for Siri.
The company just recently acquired Clever Sense, makers of the local recommendation app Alfred, and many expect that this acquisition would eventually have it integrated with Google’s voice-control app.
Android devices had speech-to-text capabilities before iOS devices did, but it was relatively limited. The speech-to-text option built into the Android OS can only handle text-entry and does not allow users to do anything else, like create a new calendar entry or compose a text message, unlike Apple’s Siri.
Now, Google has apparently decided to focus its time on a voice-control app in order to develop a true competitor to Siri.