Apple's next big hit? Company working on Siri-powered AI speaker

Jeffrey Zambrana
May 25, 2016 21:40

This artificially intelligent speaker would be voice-activated, just like Siri on your iPhone or your Apple TV, and be able to play music, pull up news headlines or read/write emails for you.

The anonymous source also revealed that third-party app developers may be able to create Siri-powered apps of their own, rumoured to be announced at Apple's worldwide developer conference WWDC.

But it isn't the only voice-powered assistant around - earlier this month, Google unveiled Google Home, a tiny speaker-cum-microphone that can assist you using a range of Google services from email to calendar and search.

Voice assistants sold by Google and Apple will not be limited to the US, and support multiple languages so could potentially scale to more countries around the world.

On: iOS, Apple TV, Apple Watch

Released: 2011

Killer feature: The closest thing AI has to a sense of humour

On: Android, Google app and Google Chrome

Released: 2012

Killer feature: Integration with Google's advanced suite of email, maps and search

On: Windows, Microsoft Band, iOS and Android apps

Released: 2014

Killer feature: Available across Windows and mobile devices

On: Facebook's Messenger app

Released: 2015

Killer feature: A team of human operators, M Trainers , answer requests that the AI can't yet manage

On: Not yet released

Released: To be confirmed

Killer feature: Close integration with many outside companies, including GrubHub, Uber, Zocdoc, and SeatGuru

"Computing is evolving beyond phones, and people are using it in context across many scenarios, be it in their television, be it in their car, be it something they wear on their wrist or even something much more immersive," Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai said.

Leaked screenshots also seem to confirm that Apple will integrate Siri into its new generation of Macs, allowing you to search and navigate your laptop hands-free.

Jeffrey Zambrana
May 25, 2016 21:40
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