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Reports Claim That Code from Android’s Face Unlock Could be from Majel, We Highly Doubt it

Someone in the Android community was bored over the last few days and decided to open up one of the .xml files for the Face Unlock feature in Ice Cream Sandwich. They noticed a list of items that for some reason, made them jump to the conclusion that these are a part of Google’s rumored voice recognition/artificial intelligence service codenamed “Majel.” As you can see from the list, they appear to be somewhat witty responses to actions. The only thing is, these are clearly alternate responses that appear on the screen when the Face Unlock doesn’t recognize you.

The first response listed is “Sorry, don’t recognize you.” If anyone has used Face Unlock at all, you will know that this is the canned response that appears every time. The others, are options that can probably be enabled, but for whatever reason, have not been. It’s not Majel. These aren’t voice-related or intelligent responses. They are pre-set lines that are displayed on the screen when the unlock feature does not recognize you. That’s it.

Moving on…

  • jbonics

    he discovered what. he needs a girl. or boy. this is sad. got lif

  • Ray

    @webmastir2:disqus …my roomate’s aunt made $8,230 last month. she works on the internet and drives a Aston Martin V12 Vantage. All she did was get lucky and follow the information you can find here..dft.ba/-18Sh

  • Anonymous

    Hey give credit to the person who found it shen Ye

  • Anonymous

    anyways… it would be a good idea not to take your thin foil hat and transfer your consciousnesses to a computer…. skynet  could awaken any minute now 😛

    Edit: Misifus Got His too!

  • ddevito

    I think Majel will be part of a ‘bigger’ effort to bring an advanced search feature into the Google search engine itself, and won’t be exclusive to Android (will be in Chrome and Chrome OS also me thinks)

    • ^ this +10000000 

    • noyfb123

      I hope they can use Majel Roddenbury’s voice, that would be nice, being a star trek fan, or at least a custom voice from star wars like Jengo fett or others Like Yoda’s topicalization speech, mmm, Droid-life you are looking for… 

  • Anonymous

    Either way, It’s still an interesting find.

  • Mtaylor924

    Has anyone figured out how to enable sequential or randomized use of all these messages?

    • I just want it to say You shall not pass!! every time (CM9 take note?)

  • Jamaicawind

    Do we know anything else about majel? like any interesting news besides its in production?

    • ddevito

      seems Google is extremely tigh-lipped about it, which makes me think it will be part of a “new” Google search engine effort

  • Anonymous

    quick, someone ask siri!

    • FanboyFodder

      Why? Siri answers questions using Google, so Google it

  • Anonymous

    I remember someone from the Android team.saying Majel wouldn’t have a personality anyway. It would be unemotional like the star trek computer.

    • Another good point.

    • Anonymous

      Does it mark me as a geek if I’d rather it have a good API than a personality?

    • QtDL

      That’s good. There’s already too many overly dramatic emotional people in my life. I prefer my robots not to have feelings. That Siri is a B^%&#.

    • But I still want it to be witty, just have an unemotional voice.

  • John

    Slow news day =/

    • This is one of those stories we try to cut off before a dozen other sites pick it up and then our inbox fills up with, “ZOMG Majel in Face Unlock!” 😛

      • if it news it must be reported 😛 unlike many sites this is the only one who actually sat and chew it down before delivering the Magic Majel talking to you in face unlock.

        on a side note this will keep some(uncultured) fanboys from crying bloody murder when Google releases its own “version of S*ri”

  • Anonymous

    Oh well