Android Boss Thinks Siri is a Bad Idea

Paul Lilly

One of the big new features in Apple's iPhone 4S is Siri, a "virtual personal assistant" that somewhat understands normal everyday language and will assist with setting reminders, firing off text messages, and other tasks. Android also supports voice recognition, just not to the extent of what Siri's capable of. Don't hold your breath waiting for an Android equivalent.

Android chief Andy Rubin sees Siri and related technologies as counter intuitive to the way you should be using your phone, which he believes are for talking to some one and not some thing .

"I don't believe that your phone should be an assistant," Rubin said at the AsiaD conference, according to AllThingsD . "Your phone is a tool for communication. You shouldn't be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone."

It's easy to see where Rubin is coming from, but at the same time, smartphones are capable of so much more than just being a phone, hence the name smart phone. Siri isn't an entirely new function, just a really slick way of performing hands-free tasks your smartphone is already capable of doing.

What's your opinion: Is Siri a cool concept, or is Rubin right on the money in believing something like this has no business being in a smartphone?

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