Rumor: Google working on Siri competitor codenamed "Majel"

Mike Schramm
M. Schramm|12.14.11

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Rumor: Google working on Siri competitor codenamed "Majel"

Android and Me has reportedly come across some secret details regarding "Majel," which is Google's voice control project that sounds very similar to the popular Siri. Before you start crying foul that Google is jumping on the voice control bandwagon, don't forget that Google actually included voice controlled actions and search in its own iOS app already, and Android has had functions like voice-to-txt baked in for a while. Of course, those kind of interactions don't hold a candle to the kinds of things that Siri can do, which is why Google is reportedly working on putting together "Majel."

The system is named after Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and the voice for many of the computer interfaces in the sci-fi series. The project is being developed by Google's Google X experimental labs, and when it does finally appear in a way the public can use it, it will likely only do Google Searches. But the final plan is, according to a Google rep in a previous interview, that "every piece of computing surface, everything is voice-aware. It's not that there's a personality, it doesn't have a name, it's just Computer."

Sounds interesting. Competition for Siri is a good thing for us users. It sounds like Google is taking a slightly different approach than Apple, and given that Apple actually bought Siri instead of trying to develop it from scratch, odds are that whatever Google puts together might won't exceed Apple's offerings in innovation. But that's fine -- if Google comes up with something really cool, odds are we'll still be able to run both on our iOS devices anyway.

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