Originally Posted by orangeblueorangeblue
I lead a team of iphone and android developers. We have at least 20 Android phones and plenty of 3Gs and 4s around, too.
So basically I'm around these devices every day.
What you're saying doesn't make any sense. You might want to elaborate on what they need to "catch up" on.
Yes, but you have to have the phone in your hand/presence. Android activates a voice command from a voice command, which has been particularly helpful for writing emails while working on something else and when getting driving navigation.
So that's what I was laughing about.
Siri definitely works better than the older, limited iphone voice commands, but then those were considered worst of breed back then, so no real accomplishment.
As to NLP, I think that's a fairly trivial matter and it's worth noting that Android still does NLP on most of your commands anyway. If you're blind there's very little difference between saying "Call Jonathan" and "Hey, please call Jonathan" in terms of convenience.
Well first, Android doesn't lose money because Android does not make money, per se. This is a large part of the cultural difference between Android and IOS and the reason great, robust features like Google Voice Commands usually surface with little fanfare while WWDC spends 20 minutes on revolutionary copy-and-paste functions and Siri, something that has existed for a long time.
Most people who are only exposed to iPhones don't really get a full picture of what Android is or what it does because there are no huge press events. Which is why you were talking about the revolutionary Siri and how Android had to "catch up."
And I love the iPhone - I personally have one. It's a solid and beautiful tool, and iOS is very polished. But I switched to Android full-time a few years ago and haven't looked back. There's only one thing that iPhones still have a major advantage in and that's music library and playback. Which is becoming an increasingly unimportant item. Hell I just use Spotify now anyway.
I am around and touch Androids daily. There are fine phones. But if there wasn't an iPhone, there would be no Android. There is no best phone, just as there is no greatest drummer. There are phones that are better depending on personal preference and the environment they operate in. Androids are not encrypted, iPhones are, that is important in the corporate world and at UF. I have over 20 GB's of music, so the library is important to me.
I'm glad you like your phone, I'm real happy with mine also. Time will tell if Siri is a game changer, as I think it is. I know someone that cannot read very well. They love the 4S. If Android has a similair feature that works just as well, then their marketing department lost his sale and money. So you are wrong about them not losing anything, they are called customers. We can say Android is losing, or the manufactures of phones that use Android are losing, but they lost a customer to Apple by having crappy marketing departments. Or, the features you describe just don't work as well. Either way, they need to catch up. I'm sure they will.