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Google Majel may be an Android clone of Apple's Siri

updated 06:50 pm EST, Tue December 13, 2011

Google may boost voice search through Majel engine

Google is building its own Android copy of the Siri voice technology from the iPhone 4S, according to one rumor Tuesday. Nicknamed Majel based on Gene Roddenberry's wife and the computer voice of many Star Trek: The Next Generation-era spaceships, the engine Android and Me was would provide natural-language search. It would initially focus only on Google searches, presumably including content like general queries and maps.

The technology was supposedly being worked on by Google X, the same experimental group that works on self-driving cars. Unlike the mostly theoretical automotive hardware, Majel would be intended as a real product and had a team "working around the clock" to get it ready. The site thought it might arrive before the end of the year, although this is more extrapolation from an earlier New York Times implication regarding Google X than anything definite.

Android was one of the first smartphone platforms to get extensive voice command support as of Voice Actions in Android 2.2, from mid-2010. Even as of Android 4.0 devices, though, it only supports either text dictation or basic commands with specific syntax. Apple's system is considered a major advancement since it not only allows natural language but understands context and indirect questions.

Google's interface lead, Matias Duarte, has said he wants pervasive voice even beyond what Android already has.



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  1. J2-Droid

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    A man once quoted Picasso...

    Good artist copy, Great artists steal.

  1. MyRightEye

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    So Google has become Microsoft

    Just copy everything Apple does. Maybe they should relocate to China. They'd fit in well there.

  1. SockRolid

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    Google is forced to copy Siri

    If Google doesn't copy Siri, they'll lose search volume and ad revenue. Siri already can and does cut Google search out of the loop, depending on the query. And Siri provides precious little space for ads, except possibly after all else fails and Siri resorts to a standard old-school web search for results.

    So what can Google do? They can create an alternative that uses Google's servers, shows Google search results, and shows Google's ads. 96% of Google's revenue comes from ads, so they're going to fight tooth and nail for those ad impressions. Impressions that Siri doesn't provide.

  1. thinkman

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    Besides Google Search………

    …… have they ever had an idea or product that they didn't just outright copy/steal from Apple or some other company like Facebook? They have become Microsoft vs. 2.0! OK, I'll give them Google Maps as an amazing program, but Geeezas - their lack of innovation and propensity for stealing is outrageous! I could have guessed this was coming as soon as Siri finally got the recognition for the unique technology it is and portends to be. Oh, and "J2-Droid" Picasso, as great as he may have been in his earlier periods Picasso became one of the greatest "scam artists" ever!

  1. facebook_Brian

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    That's why I hated google. When Sistine just rellease, google said they don't see the need for people to talk to their phones, and all the androids fanatics jumped on it saying that Siri is gimmicks, but I already knew its just a matter of time b4 they steal/copy it.

  1. facebook_Brian

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    That's why I hated google. When Sistine just rellease, google said they don't see the need for people to talk to their phones, and all the androids fanatics jumped on it saying that Siri is gimmicks, but I already knew its just a matter of time b4 they steal/copy it. I mean Siri.

  1. redcapzero

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    @J2-Droid

    Beg to differ. GREAT artist's innovate. Picasso, at best was / is half-baked; he stole from Brach. Ripped the likes of Pollack, Kline, Still, Gustan & Hopper, all innovators of the true modernist movement; yet in the end he did admit of their greatness by saying that he was terrified of these pioneers, their style / techniques where in his words (skill level), unattainable.

    Wondering when Google might 'fess-up? The world is waiting...

  1. andres101

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    Wait to go Google! Copy Apple again....you guys are such innovators . What a crown jewel we have here.

  1. testudo

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    wait!

    Except Google isn't copying Apple. Google is copying Siri, which Apple happened to buy.

    Or did you all forget that Apple didn't come up with this 'great technology' either?

  1. jscotta

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    No one talks to their phone.

    Google execs clearly said that no one would be talking to their phone. They also said that their current voice control as just as good as Siri. Now they are working on something to copy Siri?!

    Testudo, are you running Google marketing?

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