When Apple launched Siri on the iPhone 4S nearly three years ago, the personal voice assistant became an instant hit for some of the pre-programmed responses that it provided users when told, for example, “where to hide a body” or “open the pod bay doors, HAL.”
Microsoft has launched a new TV ad, entitled “Happy Anniversary,” that demonstrates a side-by-side comparison of Siri and Cortana on the iPhone 5s and Lumia 635 respectively. The 30-second spot is centered upon how Cortana can perform contextually-aware tasks across a number of services, while Siri cannot.
When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, they included Siri to make the “S” variant of their popular device stand out. Since then, the digital personal assistant has seen plenty of improvements to make the feature more helpful. A new report wants to show just how much better Siri is doing since 2012.
In June 2012, the Chinese company Zhizhen Network Technology filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in China that accuses the iPhone maker of violating its voice recognition patent with Siri. Apple responded by attempting to have the patent invalidated through China’s State Intellectual Property Office, but a new report claims that request has been denied.
One of the coolest things about your new iOS device is that you can do so many things with it using just your voice, thanks to Siri. As a voice command-controlled personal assistant, Siri can quickly phone your contacts, send a text, tweet or email, search the web, tell you about the weather, launch your favorite apps, set alarms and organize your calendar, play music and even read you a book — and all you have to do is ask.