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Yahoo reportedly prepping Siri/Google Now rival

  • Android Police has posted images and a video clip showing what it says is a Yahoo (YHOO) voice assistant app under development. The app, which can be accessed via an icon that appears on home screens, relies (like Google Now) on user data to push time/location-sensitive information.
  • The app also supports (like both Google Now and Apple's Siri) voice recognition input and the ability to send quick messages, and (on Android phones) can be accessed through an icon that appears on home screens.
  • As Android Police observes, Yahoo recently acquired natural language-processing startup SkyPhrase, whose technology could be quite useful for creating a voice assistant app.
  • If/when the app launches, Yahoo could leverage the volumes of user data it has to push relevant information to users. At the same time, Google has even more user data, and both Google Now and Siri have big head starts in both reeling in users and optimizing their services based on activity.
Comments (6)
  • Seems like yahoo is just throwing shit at everything hoping something sticks. I dont know, seems desperate.
    18 Dec 2013, 06:44 PM Reply Like
  • I was saying the same thing to a friend when they acquired tumblr for $1bil more than they should have. Yahoo is good at one thing and one thing only, being 5 years behind everyone else.
    18 Dec 2013, 07:46 PM Reply Like
  • Yesterday's technology tomorrow.
    18 Dec 2013, 10:55 PM Reply Like
  • Disagree. They are like a sleeping bear - that woke up, hungry.
    20 Dec 2013, 09:02 AM Reply Like
  • Yes and that's why with Alibaba's IPO and many popular web sites Yahoo has gone through the roof this year - It is one of the most popular sites in the United States.According to news sources, roughly 700 million people visit Yahoo websites every month. Yahoo itself claims it attracts "more than half a billion consumers every month in more than 30 languages.
    20 Dec 2013, 12:17 AM Reply Like
  • What's the beef? Yahoo is doing everything a company should? But the, I bought at $26.00
    20 Dec 2013, 09:02 AM Reply Like
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