While the world starts to get to know its new virtual assistant, there's at least one thing app developers can be pretty sure Facebook M won't do: help them to create a more engaging mobile experience.
There are few events that stir up a range of developer emotions like the opening of Apple's annual World Wide Developers' Conference did, and based on Twitter comments late Monday, WWDC 2015 was no exception.
Microsoft is going to enhance its Cortana digital assistant for its own Windows 10 platform and then offer it as a standalone app on other platforms including Google's Android and Apple's iOS, according to a Reuters report.
Artificial intelligence (AI) may have seemed out of reach to many app developers in the past, but a growing number of APIs and third-party platforms are creating opportunities to change that, both within the consumer and the enterprise space.
With the rise of Siri on iOS, Google Now on Android and Cortana on Microsoft Windows Phone 8, the concept of speech-enabled assistants that can ease tasks or even tackle them before being asked is becoming a more common smartphone experience. Experts call this "anticipatory computing," and though it can take many forms, it's voice-driven content discovery that may be the first to make its way into developers' hands. Special report
As frustrated iPhone owners have known for a few years now, there are some things Siri just can't understand. Like this: "Siri, help me to get functionality like yours into my own mobile apps."
Reports surfaced that Apple is considering offering up the Siri API to third-party developers as it potentially creates an "iWatch" or some kind of wearable computing device that runs on iOS. Though Apple, of course, has admitted nothing, that didn't stop a number of developers on Twitter from getting really excited about the possibilities.
BERLIN--Nuance, the voice technology platform behind Apple's Siri, is teaming with Rovi Corp. to bring voice activation and content discovery to millions of new devices such as tablets, TVs, PCs and more.
They represent some of the most innovative ways in which Apple and Google are trying to increase engagement with consumers, but developers couldn't get enough of the humor inspired by a mock feud between iOS virtual assistant Siri and the wearable technology Google Glass last week.
Apple has excelled at identifying an unmet need and serving it–the iPhone and iPad being obvious examples.