Friday, November 16, 2012

The future of Siri and Apple services

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It's been awhile since Siri was officially launched along with the iPhone 4S. Since then the system has come a long way, yet still has a long way to go. A long way for it to become something much more useful than it is today.

A perfect Siri, a Siri to function properly, you could do the same damage to the GUI that he did it at the command line. Thanks to Siri how to control our devices could change and that of using a mouse or keyboard your fingers might start to change in favor of our voice, although the road will be long.

Since its birth, Siri has "learned" a lot. Now is able to give results of sporting events, search for restaurants and even book a table (in the U.S.) and in the future we will be able to buy movie tickets (U.S. again). Of course, Apple's digital assistant has left competition and Google already has Google Now, a similar service, but this time the Mountain View giant and if there's one thing that they do is Google services and leverage information already have for their services. Apple plays at a disadvantage in this field, so to compete Siri really should work tremendously well.

Following the reorganization of the board of Apple, Eddy Cue is the new head of Siri and he and his team will be those who have to turn on Siri in something extremely interesting for users. Something we all want to use How you get?

Speed ​​and reliability

One of the main problems faced by Siri from the day of its release and continues today, is that sometimes the wizard does not work and other times it is painfully slow. In part this is due to its mode of operation. Everything you say to Siri has to be sent to Apple's servers and that's where it is processed and then generates the response we received to our iOS device. This is understandable when Siri needs to see some data on the Internet, but it makes sense for local tasks, for example, set an alarm or a calendar appointment. All that is achieved in this way is slow operation.

Now Google from Android 4.1 makes voice analysis on the device itself and this should be something that Apple has on the list of things to improve for iOS 7. A change that will pretty effort from Apple, but it will certainly be a benefit, a significant improvement in the digital voice assistant include all iOS devices from now on and that perhaps comes to OS X at some point.

It would mean that certain tasks like putting an alarm, set a calendar appointment or write a message would occur within local and the task was completely instant.

Of course data would have to be accessed on the Internet as results of competitions, the time and others. Such results should be much faster than it is today, should fail to do so unless and Apple should try to rely as little as possible of everything moving servers to the user device, but also improving as much as possible their infrastructure.

Infrastructure

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He certainly is a point where Apple needs to improve or yes. Its infrastructure is great, but not all reliable than expected. Not the first time we see that the AppStore is down, that Siri does not work, that Game Center iMessage fails or does not work at all well. For now, the only service that saves are the iOS Maps 6, so far seems to have failed and hopefully it stays that way the thing.

Clearly, Apple has a fairly long way to go to have a cloud services as reliable as Google, Amazon or FaceBook. These companies base their business focus on the Internet, and Apple still does not, but increasingly have more direct relationship with "the cloud".

Apple should update its data centers. Create a modern infrastructure, an infrastructure that allows them to perform maintenance without impacting users (the closures of the Apple Store Online when they want to update products cries to heaven) and an infrastructure that allows them to climb without complications.

Since then, Apple should put the batteries and improve their server infrastructure for their cloud services are always operational and functioning at 100%. Maybe it's time for some good fiche Apple engineer Google or Facebook to help them in this task and to engage their servers and services "in the cloud" day.

API

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While engineers and developers are vital to Apple, the APIs are what matters to developers. These have been asking Siri API and so far Apple has not moved tab, but in the presentation of the company promised housekeeper would end there, but it does not seem likely to come in the near future.

Seems pretty clear to create an API for Siri is not too easy, at least if we want to use the wizard is still as simple as now. How to tell Siri makes use either application when asked certain tasks? How do we tell Siri to save a note if you have installed the iOS Notes application and other applications with the same function? By what should opt Siri? Clearly, we can tell you the name of the application, but this would use more complex and less natural.

No doubt Apple has complicated things in this regard. Siri open to any developer, might entail problems with companies that have partnered (Yelp, Fandango or OpenTablet to name a few), because right now the information provided by these applications may be available in other alternatives and do earned him the company has established agreements?

There is no denying, Apple is going to be difficult and will have to wait a while to see how solve this little mishap.

Functionality

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Aside from the speed, reliability, or the API architecture, end users still we find certain important limitations. For example, Siri is able to write an email or SMS and can read an SMS, but is not able to read an email. A year after its launch there are still certain basic paragraphs that Siri is not able to perform and it seems these limitations are not technical or similar functionalities but simply have not been implemented by Apple for some reason unknown to us.

Siri could become something much more useful. For example, you might be able to advise us of certain issues in our location and our appointments. For example, if we have a meeting in the city center and at the moment that warns us she's starting to rain there we might report rain. If traffic is complicated and we will be late for an appointment, could send messages to people with whom we have to do warning that late. Siri knows where we are at all times and could exploit that advantage. For example, you might be able to activate the WiFi device to simply get home or the office, or activate the Do Not Disturb when we go into a meeting in the calendar because we have "not available".

The possibilities are many and Apple should take note and start improving Siri if they have some success. Competition is strong and Apple can not afford to continue making major competitors lose customers and devices like the iPhone or the iPad continue to lose interest from users.

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