On Friday, Alexia Tsotis of TechCrunch.com reported Google is planning on releasing a voice-activated inboard phone app, called "Assistant," to compete with Apple's Siri. Sources say the product will be available by the fourth quarter of 2012.
"Google has had the in-house voice technology for ages — it hired Mike Cohen, the guy who started Nuance," wrote Tsotsis. "But ‘Assistant’ is set to go beyond Siri in many ways, most importantly in that the search company will retain complete control of all the layers involved."
Tsotsis reports that the Android team is building "Assistant" to interact with users in a personalized way (via search history, YouTube, Google+ use, etc.). It is also hoping to create a "Do engine," this is "less about returning search results and more about accomplishing real-life goals," Tsotsis wrote.
"Unlike Apple with Siri, Google is planning on extending this service to developers so they can build novel things," Tsotsis added. "Imagine the possibilities for apps, websites, etc. interested in hooking into ‘Assistant’"