While basic voice features have been built into cell phones for as long as I can remember (I had voice dialing in my Ericsson T28 many, many years ago), they’ve really evolved into something spectacular since Apple announced Siri with the iPhone 4S. They no longer require specific commands like “call mom,” or “play George Michael” — now they’re intelligent assistants with personalities, who understand natural language.
Since Siri, Apple’s competitors have been scrambling to release competitors of their own. S Voice recently made its debut on the Samsung Galaxy S III, and today LG has announced Quick Voice, its own voice-controlled assistant that will make its debut in Korea later this month on the Optimus Vu.
Quick Voice will be compatible with 11 applications at launch, including phone, email, address book, alarm clock, and calendar. Like its competitors, it will also allow users to perform searches for things like stocks, weather, maps, and websites. It’s not clear, however, whether Quick Voice supports location-based searching, which allows users to find restaurants, gas stations, stores, and more nearby.
But even without this feature, Quick Voice has one thing Siri doesn’t have right now, and that is support for Korea. After its debut on the Optimus Vu, Quick Voice will hit the Optimus LTE 2 in July — the same day the handset gets its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. There’s no word on when the feature will go global, however.
Are you looking forward to hearing more about Quick Voice?
[via The Verge]