At the beginning of the year, Apple (AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak remarked that the iPhone can’t match the versatility of Android (GOOG). While the iPhone continued to be his primary phone, he lamented the lack of customization inherent to the Android OS.
Android phones have more features,” the Woz said.
Although new developments in Apple’s mapping software narrows the gap between it and Google Navigation, Siri continues to be a digital anchor for the iPhone — and soon for the iPad, as well.
Wozniak grumbles, I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me.” He described how Siri was unable to dial a local steakhouse. Then I pick up my Android, say the same thing, and it’s done.”
Mandatory internet connections are a problem, too. With the iPhone 4, I could press a button and call my wife. Now on the 4S, I can only do that when Siri can connect over the Internet. But many times it can’t connect. I’ve never had Android come back and say, ‘I can’t connect over the Internet.’”
Yikes. Someone’s not a fan.
Not only that, Wozniak recently said that Siri used to be better before Apple acquired it!
Back before the virtual assistant was a default feature, Siri was a handy third-party app, one that absolutely amazed Wozniak. I said ‘What are the five largest lakes in California?’ and it came up one, two, three four five — shocked me,” he told the Albany Times Union. And then I said, ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ and it came up starting with 91. That’s pretty incredible.”
But now, the ol’ Woz has a different name for Siri. A lot of people say Siri. I say poo- poo.”
’What are the largest lakes in California?’” Wozniak asks now, I’d get all these lakefront properties. And I’d say ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ And I’d get prime rib.”
He went on to express bewilderment as to how Siri got so darn bad. It still had a lot of those problems, but it should be smart enough to look at the words you say and know what you’re asking.”
But as voice interaction begins to spread to Windows Phones (MSFT) and BlackBerry (RIMM), Wozniak still has hope.
I’m really disappointed, but it is still a mark to where the future is,” he said. I think that voice recognition on all the platforms is going to get better, better, better at putting together complete sentences and phrases, and you know, what did a human really mean.”
Maybe then, at the very least, they’ll cease being racist, rape-condoning monstrosities.