Wolfram Alpha Will Help Make Samsung S Voice More Like SiriBy: Chris Crum - July 11, 2012
Samsung has a smartphone voice feature called S Voice, which has been described as a Siri competitor. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy S III was just called a contender for the best Android smartphone, and it comes with the feature.
Wolfram Alpha, which contributes to Siri itself, announced that it is also providing data to S Voice. The Galaxy S III, as well as the Galaxy Note will now include the Wolfram Alpha knowledge base with S Voice and the productivity app S Note.
In a post on the Wolfram Alpha blog, the team writes:
Integration in Samsung’s S Voice is yet another application of Wolfram|Alpha technology in a voice command app. The S Voice is available exclusively to users of the new GALAXY S III, which was recently released in the US. By simply tapping the home button and speaking, users will be able to get answers to factual questions by drawing on the expert knowledge of Wolfram|Alpha. Users can ask questions such as “How high is Mount Everest?“, “Who is Barack Obama?“, or “What is the weather like today?“, and Wolfram|Alpha will instantly give the correct answer.
Samsung GALAXY Note users can also gain access to Wolfram|Alpha using the S Pen optimized S Note application available through the Premium Suite software upgrade. With the GALAXY Note’s S Pen, users can get answers to an equation or perform a knowledge search simply by writing it out. Users can even write formulas, such as y = 2x + 3, and the S Note app will use Wolfram|Alpha to plot and solve the equation. Users can also write words, and S Note will query Wolfram|Alpha to find the answer. For example, if a user writes “Who is the prime minister of India?“, Wolfram|Alpha will answer “Manmohan Singh”.
Here’s a look at S Voice:
Android is getting much more in the way of Siri competition with the launch of Jellybean, unveiled at Google I/O a couple weeks ago. More on Google’s new Siri competitor here.