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iPhone update rumoured to add voice recognition

iPhone update rumoured to add voice recognition

Version 3.0 of the iPhone operating system is set to get voice recognition and speech synthesis functionality - if the rumours are true.

The iPhone 3.0 update might have a rather neat trick up its sleeve in the form of voice control if reports from developers prove true.

According to an article over on Ars Technica, the upcoming iPhone 3.0 operating system has a feature codenamed “Jibbler” which appears to offer both voice synthesis – similar to the technology which got Amazon into hot water with the Kindle 2 – and voice recognition abilities.

Described as an update to SpringBoard - the application which manages the iPhone's homescreen - Jibbler appears to offer a touch-activated recording function to capture short snippets of your voice. These sound-bites which are then analysed to see if they contain a command the software can understand. As well as performing a task on demand, Jibbler is also able to use its speech synthesis capability to read out a response – offering users an 'eyes-free' experience.

There has, of course, been no word from Apple on whether Jibbler really does work in this way, whether it will be enabled on existing handsets or only on the rumoured third-generation iPhone hardware. While other smartphones – including those based on the Symbian platform – have featured voice-activated dialling for quite some time, a fully integrated voice recognition and synthesis system would give the iPhone's already extensive feature-list an interesting boost. That said, if the technology is limited to voice dialling and having an incoming SMS read out to you then perhaps it won't be quite such a breakthrough.

Will voice recognition finally convince you to buy an iPhone, or does the platform need more than that to overcome its inadequacies? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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War-Rasta 22nd April 2009, 13:43 Quote
This things don't have voice dialing!!??!!??
Wow!! I guess they're even worse than I thought...
p3n 22nd April 2009, 14:30 Quote
You aren't going to be using theiphone 'hands free' on its own; my hands free kit has voice dialing so im set. The voice commands might be useful for when you can't use the touchscreen for whatever reason (gloves!), the speech stuff sounds great for accessibility.
Jordan Wise 22nd April 2009, 16:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by War-Rasta
This things don't have voice dialing!!??!!??
Wow!! I guess they're even worse than I thought...

I had the same reaction

Apple keeps revealing the fixes the many flaws of the first as 'feature updates'. Examples: 3g, mms, copy and paste
Rexxie 22nd April 2009, 16:56 Quote
Like Android has had for a while? Cool... :p
wuyanxu 22nd April 2009, 18:28 Quote
Say Who Lite is a free app from Appstore that does the voice dialling. so it does have voice dialling, just not native within the OS. (aka the Springboard app)

what i really want is to be able to change song using my voice.
perplekks45 22nd April 2009, 19:01 Quote
All I hear is how amazing the iPhone 3.0 firmware will be. What about the iPod Touch?! I want copy/paste too!!!
p3n 22nd April 2009, 19:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
All I hear is how amazing the iPhone 3.0 firmware will be. What about the iPod Touch?! I want copy/paste too!!!

You get the pay again, teehee!

Seriously, all the iphone haters need to stop the hatin' - just because they have a proper OS that does 1000 things more than symbian et al its not suddenly less than cutting edge 'cos you can voice dial on it.
wafflesomd 22nd April 2009, 20:05 Quote
My piece of crap two year old nokia has voice dialing...
Nexxo 22nd April 2009, 20:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by War-Rasta
This things don't have voice dialing!!??!!??
Wow!! I guess they're even worse than I thought...
Yeah, imagine: a phone that actually can have features added with an OS update...

Oh, and: vlingo. ;)
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Originally Posted by Rexxie
Like Android has had for a while? Cool... :p
Yeah, what also disappoints me is that the iPhone does not have a "reboot" command in its e-mail or notes app. :p
perplekks45 22nd April 2009, 21:21 Quote
Nexxo, stop being mean. :p

And as far as I know we don't get any update, neither free nor for money. And no, Apple, I won't buy a 3rd generation iPod Touch just to get firmware 3.0!
wharrad 22nd April 2009, 22:42 Quote
I think people miss the point of the iPhone.

It's a high-end 'fashion' phone... NOT a smart phone

Every update brings it closer yeah, but I still won't be buying one till I can run background apps. I'm personally in the smart phone demographic... However... If I wanted a normal phone for just phoning, and hey, it's got an iPod built in, then the iPhone's perfect.

This is also why if any of my less geeky friends want a high-end phone I shove them Apple's way.

Andriod is to compete with Windows Mobile / Symbian etc, on a power user / geek front. The iPhone has always been more of an attack on the average person's Motorola.
liratheal 23rd April 2009, 09:15 Quote
New hardware, new OS, lost my old one.. How did that happen.
Nexxo 23rd April 2009, 19:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by wharrad
I think people miss the point of the iPhone.

It's a high-end 'fashion' phone... NOT a smart phone

Every update brings it closer yeah, but I still won't be buying one till I can run background apps. I'm personally in the smart phone demographic... However... If I wanted a normal phone for just phoning, and hey, it's got an iPod built in, then the iPhone's perfect.

This is also why if any of my less geeky friends want a high-end phone I shove them Apple's way.

Andriod is to compete with Windows Mobile / Symbian etc, on a power user / geek front. The iPhone has always been more of an attack on the average person's Motorola.

Don't know about that. The iPhone is pretty smart to me --and functional. Windows Mobile devices seem always quite unwieldy to me, and Android is very promising but needs some polishing up. I'll wait for v2.0... Meanwhile if you want a phone that is really smart and runs background apps, look at the Palm Pre. It is a glimpse of things in a saner, smarter parallel universe.
perplekks45 23rd April 2009, 23:43 Quote
Is it out already?
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