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Is the Android Team Building a Siri Competitor Codenamed Majel?

According to our pals over at Android and Me, Google has spent much of the year putting in work on a newly revamped Voice Actions software, which they have codenamed Majel. You could consider this their answer to Apple’s Siri and will go far beyond what the current crop of Android Voice Actions can accomplish. The limits of specific commands (navigate to, listen to, etc.) will soon be gone and the times of speaking in natural language may be upon us.

Confused by the codename? The word Majel comes from the name of the woman who acted as the voice of the Federation Computer on Star Trek for years. And it just so happens that Matias Duarte (the ICS architect) mentioned Star Trek back in October around the time that Android 4.0 was unveiled. He was quoted as saying that their approach to voice actions “is more like Star Trek, right, starship Enterprise; 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.” Fitting.

It’s anyone’s guess as to when we might see this new voice activated software, but there is a chance it could be out within the next couple of months. If Google wants to step into the voice actions game in a real way, it would be in their best interest to not wait around while Apple works to take Siri out of beta.

Is everyone ready to start talking to your phone like it’s your best friend?

Via:  Android and Me

  • R B

    I am looking forward to Majel. But I can’t keep delaying upgrading my phone forever. I thought majel would be out in April, at least Google is not releasing a “beta” version- 
    Btw- here is a column about challenges for Google absorbing motorola.
    hope you like.

  • I agree…Siri was pretty sweet. I’m hoping that something similar gets created soon for Android. I’m getting old and need reminders! 

  • I agree…Siri was pretty sweet. I’m hoping that something similar gets
    created soon for Android. I’m getting old and need reminders!

  • Pete

    hope its a free update to jeannie voice actions

  • Pete

    see what happens

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  • james craig

    Geordi was able to not only run engineering, but also to run a show about reading all while being a blind guy.

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  • yes! I think this is awesome. everyone already talks to the air, err. their phone with bluetooth headsets and voice commands anyway. I am not reluctant to utilize this type of software to my liking!!!

  • Anonymous

    Did anyone catch the documentary “the captains”? It’s in netflix now. Very good stuff

  • I guess this will put the IRIS guys out of a job lol

  • wanting the nexus

    Just called the local Verizon store…I asked when will they be selling the Gnex.  He looked up in the computer and told me that tomorrow is the day!  I will be there first thing! 

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  • Anonymous

    my buddy’s mother makes $68 hourly on the computer. She has been unemployed for 7 months but last month her income was $7549 just working on the computer for a few hours. Here’s the site to read more…nsfw.in/X1b 

  • I think it would be awesome if  they make it so  it can start up by voice..not the phone but the voice assistant such as “Majel ” then maybe an icon would appear or maybe from a longer command then you could go on with your request “majel make reservatons at clio at 8 for 2” etc….oh and if someone has said this sorry it’s late and didnt read the comments…Essentially it could be completely touchless..where as the iPhone4s you need to press the big stupid button.

    • That would require the phone to constantly be listening for your voice, which would drain the battery in a matter of a few hours.

      • Well maybe they could  make a toggle switch then? You are right about the battery drain..altho it would be awesome.

  • Ulnek75

    awww it would have been so awesome if it was voiced by majel.

  • Anonymous

    CES anyone???

  • Joejoe509

    Siri is a lot of fun but in reality something like what Duarte has described will be a great addition to Android.

  • Bryan K

    Hello Jellybean killer feature.

    • Joejoe509

      Yeah. Likely.

  • Oh how pleasant, any comments including curse words require approval now….

    The usual internet, with restrictions upon restrictions, upon restrictions, etc etc, etc

  • cant wait

  • Granpa0

    I love this.  I’ve been using Vlingo on my Galaxy S2 and I love it, but it’s no Siri.  With the muscle and the brains of the Google team behind this, I’m sure it will blow Siri away.  Hope it comes out sooner rather than later. 

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  • Anonymous

    make it speak EZIO!

  • Ok I want this Google!!!!

  • i hope this takes a sh*t on siri

  • Bionic

    I used my friend’s iphone4s and i told SIRI to “suck my dickk” and it gave me results for “gentlemans clubs in your area”  LOL LOL LOL

    • Jrm5021

      Why post this twice?

      • Bionic

        the first time i thought i was typing as a new one but it was a response to the other guy.

    • You’re kind of a douche, huh?

  • Bionic

    Hell yeah I want a star trek style voice system.  Maybe the new phones will have replicators so I can have a cup of earl grey as well?  LOL

  • KevinC

    Kellex, Siri ceased to be beta the first time they used it in a commercial to push the iPhone 4S.

  • Dominick DeVito

    Voice Actions definitely needs some added functionality and more polish. Kudos to Google is if this is going to accomplish that

  • Having more options and uses like app intergration with voice actions is good. Having the ability to control all the funtions of your device hands free would be great. Improve it’s ability to handle more common language comands and various accents. Other than that i would need it to be dependable for important tasks but leave the human like intereaction out of it, thats just a gimmick better left for that fruit company.

  • Anonymous

    Siri feels like a novelty to me.  It could be good for driving, but most cars already have built in voice commands with the likes of Ford Sync ect ect.  

    • Bionic

      the voice system on my bionic is awesome when im driving

    • Anonymous

      Not if your are driving anything more than a couple years old. My 2002 Chevy Truck and 1995 Saturn Econobox don’t have that! lol

  • Jon

    I’m glad their working on improving voice actions. I think voice actions are already pretty damn good, but it’s necessary for them to respond to the over hyped Siri.