Here at Float, we are avid users and advocates of mobile technology. As such, we’re usually pretty aware of what’s coming or just around the bend in terms of hardware and software. We had seen the earlier news about the Siri acquisition by Apple, and we were interested in the possibilities that it would bring to the mobile user experience. This acquisition appears to be bearing fruit in the next version of the mobile OS, with the addition of the “Assistant” feature. Now, we are well aware of Android voice search and Google integration that exists today, but this looks to be something very new in how it functions as well as how it could change the way you interact with your device and in turn the world.
From the article at MacRumors:
Assistant is also said to integrate with WolframAlpha, allowing users to obtain answers to factual questions using the service’s computational capabilities. Other voice-powered features coming as part of the package include integration with Apple’s “Find My Friends” service and speech-to-text transcription from Nuance.
Now, if that is truly the case, the use of the phone to compose messages, emails, setup reminders and calendar dates, as well as interact with data services to augment your personal knowledge, signals a transition from the traditional view of what a smartphone does and heralds a new age where the phone is actually an extension of your cognition. What will you be capable of when you are truly augmented?
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