Google’s Majel to Rival Apple’s Voice-Activated Siri

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is waging war on Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) yet again. In 2012, Google will respond to Apple’s voice-activated Siri with its own version, currently known as “Majel”. Google is trying to keep its edge on the search engine market that Siri has threatened with her voice capabilities and quick answers.

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Majel is named after Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who provided the voice for the Enterprise’s on-board computer. Majel will be a complimentary feature to Iris, who is the existing voice assistant on Android phones. The technology is being developed in Google’s top secret laboratory known as Google X.

According to Fast Company, Google intends to one-up Siri by not only responding to voice requests for information, but also responding physically to voice commands such as “send a Tweet.”

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is currently used for 90% of all mobile search requests according to data from Net Applications. This is largely attributed to Google’s Android operating system that runs on nearly 50% of all smartphones. According to the New York Post, analysts say that Google must find a way to integrate computer, smartphone and voice-based searches in order to keep their edge on the market.

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