Is Siri The Future?

There was a lot of fuss about Siri when it came out. Then, like most things, the press moved on. Now you mainly hear people talk­ing about when Siri doesn’t work.

So.. is Siri, or to be more speci­fic voice control, the future or not? Well this info­graphic suggests that every­one wants it.

Even though a lot of you aren’t very happy with it when you get it.

Person­ally I think it’s too limited and cumber­some to ever become the primary control method for a phone.

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Siri, Why Don’t You Under­stand Me? [info­graphic]
Siri is much more user friendly than my phone’s voice control.

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  • You inter­act with your envi­ron­ment primar­ily tactilely. You inter­act with people primar­ily vocally. So, until I start to think of my phone/artificial data assis­tant as a person, I will prefer to inter­act with it tactilely.

  • Siri is not easily discov­er­able for all the tasks you can use it for and is much easier to use when you tailor your usage to the way Siri works and its limi­ta­tions. Unfor­tu­nately, Apple is adver­tis­ing it as the inter­face you don’t have to know to use. Also, since there has been no update to Siri in the last 6 months accen­tu­ates its flaws and limta­tions.

  • I don’t have Siri, but I never use the Android voice commands either.

    Partly it seems to strug­gle a bit with my accent (a common complaint I’ve seen) but mainly because it’s not conve­nient while outside or sitting in a cube. So when would I really do it?

  • I do think voice control is impor­tant. I use what I can on my Android but I was disap­pointed that ICS didn’t have a competi­tor for Siri. Google has more hooks into data than anyone. They would have to do more than Siri func­tion­al­ity-wise. They can beat Apple, they just need to do it.

  • +Bedhan Ball I would still have to speak. My issue with voice commands have noth­ing to do with the fact that I either need to hold the phone or use a hands­free. But slid­ing the phone out of my pocket and swipe across the screen a few times draws a lot less distrac­tion than any form of sound. What would be bene­fi­cial would be to not have to pull the phone out and use discreet gestures to inter­act with an inter­face I can see anyway (the +Project Glass method) or let me just look at the screen and inter­act as I focus on what I want.

  • +Johan Thorstensson when you do need to use it hands free then a voice inter­face is the best way to inter­act. +Project Glass would add to the level of distrac­tion that people have using smart devices walk­ing or driving so it would have its own draw­backs. I’ve seen people walk­ing into cars as they are texting and look­ing at their screen not the road.

  • +Bedhan Ball We seem to have differ­ent needs. I almost always have at least one hand free, but I’m often around a lot of people who will at best give me weird looks if I give coice commands (as in on the train or bus) or be annoyed at the disrup­tion (as in cafés or at work). Hence I care very much about how much my inter­ac­tion with my phone affects some­one else, and only on extremely rare occa­sions would I need a truly hands­free expe­ri­ence.

    If your needs differ then Siri and her friends must be good news for you. Also I do appre­ci­ate what voice commands can do for the visu­ally impaired. It’s just not for me.

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