Siri/TellMe/S-Voice/Everybody, Say Hello to Daddy: A quick overview of WinMo 6.5 vs iOS

In the battle to see which smartphone OS will be the king of the hill it is sometimes nice to look back to see where we've come from and what inspired the stuff that we used today. We all can thank the great Marty Cooper for the work he's done while at Motorola that that brought for the first truly mobile cellphone. This has led to innovators in recent times to make moves towards make our cellphones into smarter phones capable of doing things that were once restricted to PCs.

Short History Spiel

A quick bit of research (Wikipedia, if you please) will inform you that the first smartphone was the IBM Simon which was released to the public in 1993 and sold by BellSouth. In those days smartphones Kwyqu_medium "merely" combined the functions of a personal digital assistant (PDA) and a mobile phone or camera phone. They didn't do many of the magical things that we take for granted in our smartphones today. It took short years and mini-evolution and revolutions to get us to where we are and one of those revolutions was the Windows Mobile platform.

The showcase showdown

With that bit of history behind I present a video showcasing one of the revolutions that gave us a feature that's even now only just beginning to really take off, voice recognition.

Windows Mobile Comparison with iPhone (Microsoft Voice Command) (via Melon623)

I not very long ago dug up my HTC TYTN (The original Titan aka. AT&T Tilt) and decided to get it back into working order by download Windows Mobile Device Center and CAB to Phone installer. The time I spent with the device reminded me of how capable Windows Mobile was but also unfortunately reminded me of how horrid the UX (User Experience) was due to the UI (User Interface). What however, blew me away the most, was how accurate and capable the voice recognition and personal assistant capabilities of the phone were. Windows Mobile's PA and Voice Recognition is powered by Microsoft's Voice Command

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What's funny about this is that I don't even have a common accent, as I've lived in a number of places for different lengths of time yet Voice Command was able to understand me. Voice Command could tell me the time, I could ask it to play music by artist, genre, album, I could ask it to dial or redial someone, to open an app, to set and read my appointments, to tell me the battery level etc. That's pretty awesome for such an old platform if you ask me.

Wrap Up

So as we continue to pay keen attention to where the smartphone wars are headed, let us not forget to stop and acknowledge where we've come from and who's helped to shape the way we interact with the various technologies we use today. In this case I've some of the mobile voice recognition and personal assistant feature and as I said earlier, this area is only just about to take off as we see Siri 2.0, Microsoft TellMe 2.0, S-Voice 2.0 or whatever Google and it's OEMS have in the pipeline. It's about to go down.

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Note: Microsofties should be extra "amped" when they realize how much work Microsoft has done around voice recognition tech. Data from WinMo, Xbox, Windows Phone should all be used in Microsoft's next voice recognition offering. Especially now as it may seem that Apple and Google are head in terms of Personal Assitants with actual PA-like interaction via conversational charactersitics.


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