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Google Voice is pretty good. It only occasionally flubs, mainly with longer sentences.


For instance, "honky-tonk piano" became "I want to talk piano".

No good for dictation, but fine for searching.
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Regardless, it'll throw voice into the spotlight, which is definitely a good thing.
Absolutely! Just like Apple threw mp3 players, smartphones, and tablets into the spotlight. Apple is a market mover, so I'm excited not only for this initial announcement, but also the copycats and other innovations that will spawn at lower prices.
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Absolutely! Just like Apple threw mp3 players, smartphones, and tablets into the spotlight. Apple is a market mover, so I'm excited not only for this initial announcement, but also the copycats and other innovations that will spawn at lower prices.
I'm waiting to see who will be able to come out with even something better, provide some healthy competition and actually manage not to get sued by Apple for doing so. I would be truly impressed.
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If Apple's going to dive in to this, they'll blow it out of the water, just like they've done with everything else they've released. Well, except the Apple TV.

But seriously, they don't release stuff that only partially works
. I can't imagine this being on par with Google Voice, or anything similar that's been done - it'll be leagues above it.
Lion.

Do we really need to analyze apple marketing hype? This isn't OMG WORLD CHANGING EVENT!!!! It's at best a minor improvement on an existing technology. Apple hasn't suddenly revolutionized AI. You aren't going to be controlling your entire mac with your voice (god knows why would want to)
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I want an honest answer here: Who has EVER used voice commands on anything, let alone their phone?

My phone apparently has voice commands, but I dont care to use them. I can use menus faster than I can talk, and with more accuracy (and silently). I actually uninstalled the voice-control stuff.


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If Apple's going to dive in to this, they'll blow it out of the water, just like they've done with everything else they've released. Well, except the Apple TV.

But seriously, they don't release stuff that only partially works. I can't imagine this being on par with Google Voice, or anything similar that's been done - it'll be leagues above it.
I almost died laughing.

Look up apple computers pre-ipod. No one wanted them - the company almost died.
Look up apple pippin.
Look up the "Apple III" (just look here for a lolz summary: http://www.cracked.com/article/120_t...-ever-made_p2/)
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I want an honest answer here: Who has EVER used voice commands on anything, let alone their phone?

My phone apparently has voice commands, but I dont care to use them. I can use menus faster than I can talk, and with more accuracy (and silently). I actually uninstalled the voice-control stuff.
My 3GS has them I've dabbled with them, but they're not very good. I'd use them more if it wasn't for the fact that if it thinks I've said a name in my address book it'll just call it. Which means it accidentally dials often, particularly annoying when you're phone is in your pocket and you only want a new song.

It also doesn't work well with the Aussie accent, and I'm hoping Siri is significantly better.
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I want an honest answer here: Who has EVER used voice commands on anything, let alone their phone?

My phone apparently has voice commands, but I dont care to use them. I can use menus faster than I can talk, and with more accuracy (and silently). I actually uninstalled the voice-control stuff.
I use voice commands while driving. It's incredibly accurate and incredibly useful.

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I almost died laughing.

Look up apple computers pre-ipod. No one wanted them - the company almost died.
Look up apple pippin.
Look up the "Apple III" (just look here for a lolz summary: http://www.cracked.com/article/120_t...-ever-made_p2/)
It makes little sense to discuss a far-begone era of Apple when discussing successes versus failures. What makes more sense is to consider trends of, say, the past decade or so. Apple has been nigh-infallible in the public's eye for a long time now.

Considering the post to which you responded was logical (it is indeed true that Apple seldom releases products that aren't guaranteed to be successful), it's preposterous for you to start out by saying "I almost died laughing." Preposterous and rather rude. Just saying.
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I use voice commands to call people on my iPhone 4 along with my headset/mic. I get funny looks when I'm walking down campus and all of the sudden I'm like "Call John Wella". It's extremely convenient though, so I'm looking forward to seeing how well this is implemented.
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I want an honest answer here: Who has EVER used voice commands on anything, let alone their phone?

My phone apparently has voice commands, but I dont care to use them. I can use menus faster than I can talk, and with more accuracy (and silently). I actually uninstalled the voice-control stuff.
I haven't in the past, because they've all been crap (even the current system I have on the 3GS). I'd love a GOOD voice command system though, so I hope Apple brought their usual to the table.

I would find a good system very useful. Calling people while in the car without having to look at my phone, for one thing. But having information that much more "on the fly" would be handy too. My wife and I will often be talking, and think of something that neither of us knows the answer to. Instead of opening up a web browser on my phone, and typing in the query, which takes 10-20 seconds, I can simply ask Siri the question, and get an answer. I am very excited about that feature, actually.
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I almost died laughing.

Look up apple computers pre-ipod. No one wanted them - the company almost died.
Look up apple pippin.
Look up the "Apple III" (just look here for a lolz summary: http://www.cracked.com/article/120_t...-ever-made_p2/)
I almost died laughing at the ancient examples you brought up. Completely irrelevant to what they are releasing today.
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Honestly can't wait to see all the less tech savvy users trying to use this.

Best assistant to forever alone.
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