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Old December 13 2011, 02:26 AM   #1
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"Majel"--Google's answer to Siri

It's no secret that Google is looking to copy Siri for Android users and developer's are working on it under the codename "Majel," after Majel Barrett-Rodenberry:

I wrote about Google’s response to Apple’s Siri voice assistant several months ago and over the last couple weeks I received further details about the secret project. For starters it is codenamed Majel, which comes from Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, better known as the voice of the Federation Computer from Star Trek.
Google’s Matias Duarte had previously given hints about the future of Android’s voice actions in an interview with Slashgear. Matias said, “Our approach is more like Star Trek, right, starship Enterprise; every piece of computing surface, everything is voice-aware. It’s not that there’s a personality, it doesn’t have a name, it’s just Computer.”
Nice of them to throw in a homage, even if they don't release the final product under that name.
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