Siri updated for new best smartphone answer

When Apple released the iPhone 4S last year one of the unique selling points of the handset was its new Siri assistant feature, but the new feature hasn’t been without its problems though as it had issues understanding some accents and many features of it don’t work outside the US. Now Siri has been updated so it gives a new best smartphone answer to users.

A few days ago we told you that when Siri was asked what is the best smartphone ever, it surprisingly replied the Nokia Lumia 900, which as AppleInsider is reporting was based on just four user reviews that had an average score of 5 out of 5. The key word in the question was ‘ever’ as asking Siri for just the “best smartphone” would return responses such as “the one you’re holding”.

While asking for the “best smartphone ever” generated the Nokia Lumia 900 response, but now the software has been updated as from today asking the same question Siri responds with some humorous answers. These include the likes of ‘you’re kidding, right’, and it has to be remembered that Siri is still a beta service, and Apple’s own website advertises it as such and is only currently available on the iPhone 4S.

Siri has a unique personality and is one of its defining features, and Apple believes this intentional design helps it to have an emotional tie with users. The team responsible for Siri are said to be focused on keeping the software “friendly and humble but also with an edge”, according to a profile revealed back in October.

The feature offers a variety of humorous responses to users, such as asking it where to hide a body it replies a list of mines and swamps. If users quote a line from the Stanley Kubrick movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey and “open the pod bay doors”, Siri will reply a line from the computer HAL 9000 in the move and say “I’m afraid I can’t do that”.

Siri offers a number of humorous responses to users, such as providing a list of mines and swamps when asked where to “hide a body”, and quoting the Stanley Kubrick movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” with the line “Open the pod bay doors” will generate the dialogue from the computer HAL 9000 in the movie: “I’m afraid I can’t do that”.

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  1. So Siri is Apple’s voice-based search interface, and Apple just changed a search result to be more favorable to one of Apple’s products. How exactly is this not antitrust investigation material? Google is already under investigation for identical favoring of it’s own products in search results

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