You guys remember Voice Search right? That app that every Android user ever has installed on their phone or tablet? Well, the Wall Street Journal, best known for being right about a good number of things, is reporting that Google has "accelerated plans" to launch a "Siri competitor." Our super secret sources tell us that Google will "launch" this competitor in August, 2010.

The WSJ doesn't have much more information beyond that:

Google, meanwhile, has accelerated plans to launch its own Siri competitor that would work on Android-powered devices, people familiar with the matter have said.

We've known for a very long time that Google dreams of producing a Star Trek computer with voice commands at its core. It's certainly no secret that Siri looks very similar to this vision. However, that Google is secretly working on this project is, well, no secret at all. Google is going to make improvements to Voice Search. It's a question of when, not if. Though, sooner would be better. The screenshots in the Play Store listing still show a Froyo-style status bar. Ah, nostalgia.

We're all hoping to hear more at Google I/O. So, until then, keep doing what you do, WSJ.

Source: Wall Street Journal via 9to5Google

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  • Daniel James

    I assume that's August 2012, not 2010? ;-) I wish it was 2010!

    But anyway, I can't wait! Is it still codenamed Majel?

    • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

      The "Introducing Voice Actions for Android" video on youtube was posted by GoogleMobile on August 11, 2010.


    • Zaeem S.

      Aye, Google Voice Actions came out a full year before Apple bought and introduced Siri to the world (which, according to Steve Wozniak, was performing better before Apple bought it).

    • Ian Santopietro


  • Eric Peterson

    Did you mean August 2012?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Still a no.

  • https://plus.google.com/116879163037230501137/posts Cullen Maglothin

    For some reason, I read this as if you were whispering it. >.>

  • Crstamps2

    Did you mean August 2012?

    • Tommy Thompson

      Click on it..

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

        You. I like you.

        • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

          Brilliant.  I had to think about that one.

  • supercynical

    Will they be able to change the fact that talking to my phone like it's a person makes me feel like a huge tool in public?

    • Zaeem S.

      Probably, yeah. :)

      If you're using an Apple product to do that, on the other hand, you'll look like a pretentious douchebag. :p

      • John


  • Simeonico

    August, 2010? Crap, I'm late! :/

  • Mark Curtis

    No people, he meant 2010. That's the point of the article! Google is 'secretly' working on something they released almost two years ago.

  • jjrudey

    I don't like the idea but hopefully, if they're doing something, it doesn't turn out terrible. 

  • Kokusho

    Oh yes please, I still don't understand how Apple came up first with a funny fake-IA, that should be a Google thing ! I want my Glados !

  • Furrypotato

    Not sure what 'accelerated' means here if August is the release date. we first heard about this project late last year.
    I wondered if it would be Jelly Bean only as it could have deep OS integration to be really impressive and take it beyond what the current crop of voice assistants can do. I imagine the project glass engineers could be working on this with them as it relies heavily on voice commands.
    Having taken 2 years to develop it needs to be a game changer.

  • Lexster

    You know what I'd like? I know fully well it would probably kill the battery, but I want the ability to just say something like "Hey, Android" and it'll open up the prompt. Except, I'd want the option to change it, so I could say, "Computer", of course, being the nerd that I am. But, I know...probably a horrible battery killer to implement that.

    • paleh0rse

      That's exactly how S-voice works. You can change it to any greeting you'd like...

      • Lexster

        Does it run in the background as well so that no matter what app you're using, saying that will open the prompt? Because, that would be keen.

        • Simon Belmont

          Nope. It only listens actively while the S Voice app is in the foreground.

          Okay, okay. It also listens at the lockscreen, but only if you turn that on. Listening all the time would eat more battery. The S Voice options even mention the added battery drain.

    • John O’Connor

      I already changed my S2 to respond to "Computer" but got bored and get funny looks now that I changed it to "Hey Baby"

      • fixxmyhead

        haha nice

        is this using s voice? cuz it always crashes on my tmo s2 when setting up a customized message. what version are u using? link ? how did u get it to work?
        im using ver 1.3 from wanam

        • Yoshinatsu

          No, this is not S Voice.
          S Voice is from Samsung.
          This will just be a major update of Google's existing "Voice Search" app.

          • fixxmyhead

            i was talking to the other guy. u misunderstood. read my other post. i know google is working on updating there voice actions. what i wanted to know was if the other guy set up his s voice to wake up on a customized message like "computer"

          • John O’Connor

            wow.. Sorry, I totally lost this response in the ether fixxmyhead. While this response is far outdated and vastly irrelevant at this point/stage in the game, yes, I did program S Voice to respond to a customized message. While I know this is not necessarily helpful at this point I will always invite anyone to directly email or (literally) call me with questions. I may not be the be-all end-all authority on what the hell is going on in tech, but I am informed enough (through personal industry contacts and my own research) to have half a brain when it comes to the pulse of the tech community.

        • John O’Connor

          Fixxmyhead. I'm using the ego Frankenstein rom v5.1. Its ICS based and has functional s voice

          • fixxmyhead

            i have a tmobile s2. would it work if i ripped the apk from that rom? how did they get it to work, is it integrated in the rom? i have the latest s voice apk from developer wanam it says "
            Fixed WakeUp message personalization" but it still crashes on my s2 -_-. everything else works though. and yea i have official ics too

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1410456189 Jeff Brown

    So the date this is a typo. What I find odd is the choice of other articles I might like...Google Music Ready....Twitter in talks to purchase Tweetdeck....Galaxy Tab on way to Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.. weird.

    • marcusmaximus04

      Not a typo.

      • John O’Connor

        definitely not a typo. but then again, reading comprehension is paramount to reality

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

    lol.  Good catch on the Froyo shots.

  • Bob

    I've been using this since August 2010...Ohhh.  Seriously I use the voice commands all the time on my Nexus without issue.  Listen, navigate, directions, call, text, etc all work perfectly.  I want to check the weather I look at an widget.  I want it tell me jokes...I watch Comedy Central.  I use when I'm driving so I don't need to fumble around with the phone.  Now what I need is that when I say "listen to the decemberists" it plays the album and not sit there waiting for me to pick it.  More access to the commands would be better, if you removed the search box at the top of ICS then you have to run the search app instead of hitting the search widget.  Also why can the Motorola Razr run apps and the Nexus cannot.

  • Andras Kosa

    August 2010? Back to the future...

  • Elias

    So they waited until apple had their take on the problem, then are still waiting until samsung does its best (with that app on GS3) just to then follow trend? Oh, google. You disappoint me. You've long ceased to be the great innovative google you once were.

  • tBs_Battousai

    so it's launching it's siri competitor in 2010, hasn't that passed already or have i gone back in time??!?

  • quatermass

    Of course what we want is to simply raise the phone to our head and speak.

    None of this finding the app and tapping on it.

  • Simon Belmont

    He means Voice Actions have been around since August 2010. Get it?

    Clever linking is clever. I like it.