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"You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone" -- Andy Rubin, Google

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer on Tuesday showed love for Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone and its "humble personal assistant" Siri at the AsiaD conference, stating, "Apple is a good competitor, but a different one.  Both [an iPhone and a Windows phone] are going to feel very good in your hand and both going to look very beautiful physically…"

But the next day his underling, Windows Phone Chief Andy Lees, was far less charitable.  He commented that Siri isn't "super useful" and argued that the similar voice assistant functionality found on Windows Phone 7 Mango is more useful.  Despite the fact that Siri uses the internet and plugs in to services like Wolfram Alpha (and, ironically Bing), he chastises that it's not a truly connected solution.  He says that Windows Phone's Bing-driven implementation gives you "the full power of the internet, rather than a certain subset."

Andy Lees interview
Windows Phone Chief Andy Lees gets queried by Ina Fried. [Source: AllThingsD]

He also said that Microsoft generally doesn't agree with Apple's premise of generally barking commands into your phone in public, though Microsoft does support such interaction targeted at specific environments, such as in the privacy of your car.

Similar criticisms were sounded by Android chief, Google, Inc. (GOOG) SVP Andy Rubin.  He comments, "I don't believe that your phone should be an assistant.  Our phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone."

Andy Rubin
Google SVP and Android chief Andy Rubin [Source: AllThingsD]

When it comes to talking to someone on the phone, he argues that's perfectly normal, stating, "To some degree it is natural for you to talk to your phone."

But when it comes to talking to a sassy AI agent he expresses skepticism that it will be a healthy or popular exercise.  He states, "We’ll see how pervasive it gets."

And he says that the tech is nothing new.  He pointed out that Android co-founder Rich Miner worked to bake a similar cellphone speech assistant into his company's OS, but that Google opted to stick with just commands, not a more talkative assistant.

He did offer some faint praise for Apple's app, admitting that it is polished, at the very least.  He remarks, "This isn’t a new notion.  In projecting the future, I think Apple did a good job of figuring out when the technology was ready to be consumer-grade."

Sources: Engadget, AllThingsD

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By EricMartello on 10/20/2011 1:39:12 PM , Rating: 4
to be able to speak naturally to my phone and computer as if they were a person, and have them respond and act accordingly.

LOL Despite having the latest and greatest phone, this guy obviously has nobody to talk he wants his phone to talk to him in the future.

In reality your AI phone will probably get tired of listening to you and brick itself.

By wickernyc on 10/20/2011 3:34:34 PM , Rating: 4
This will lead our futre generation to be illiterate. No need to read or write anymore. Technology will do this for us.

By Boze on 10/21/2011 2:35:59 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, when did DailyTech become filled with so many idiots?

Reading some of these replies, its almost laughable and I wonder if I'm actually on a website.

I want to have a virtual assistant that can span across all my devices. I imagine there's a lot of small business owners, and even mid-sized business owners, not to mention thousands upon thousands of professionals who'd love to have the same thing.

In none of my examples did I list anything that was any different than talking to your secretary.

You must be either really old, or very young and naive.

By EricMartello on 10/21/2011 5:53:58 PM , Rating: 2
Look at this guy...if he's not talking to his phone he's talking to this website. /pat

By sigmatau on 10/21/2011 6:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
Things that look like a homeless, mentily ill person walking down the street yelling at an imaginary person:

1. Bluetooth
2. Siri

By p05esto on 10/22/2011 9:37:03 AM , Rating: 2
In reality your AI phone will probably get tired of listening to you and brick itself.

That was funny sir, my eyes are watering from laughter. Thanks, needed that!!

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