Andy Rubin: ‘I don’t believe that your phone should be an assistant’

There’s been a lot of talk lately on voice commands since Apple introduced Siri a couple of weeks ago. Apple’s concept is to make Siri a personal assistant, but Google Senior Vice President of Mobile, Andy Rubin said, “I don’t believe that your phone should be an assistant. Your 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.”

He went on to say, “To some degree it is natural for you to talk to your phone,” but it has always been about talking to another person.

Finally he said, “This isn’t a new notion,” and “In projecting the future, I think Apple did a good job of figuring out when the technology was ready to be consumer-grade.”

Are you feeling like you need a personal assistant on your phone? Of course, Google already has Voice Actions already built into Android, but if you feel slighted and want something similar, give Iris a try.

[via allthingsd]

  • wikiwiki

    This is not good thinking. We should accept is a good implementation of an assistant and learn from this and take it to the next level. Much of what Apple has is copied from someone else, but the difference is that Apple is good at taking someone’s idea and develop it into something better.

  • in regards to Iris, its still in Alpha. I’ve tested it and find it limited to what “Speaktoit” can do, when compared and contrasted directly with SIRI. Dont get me wrong, Iris has LOTS of potential. But if you are looking for a non-alpha app that is similar to SIRI, get Speaktoit instead…

  • Lol

    Who cares.

    Android is open enough for anyone to integrate whatever they want into it. I would rather google spend more time doing system related things, rather than doing things other companies can do equally well.