Siri pans Google Glass

By , Aug 26, 2013

Siri (Okay Glass)

Once again, Apple has tweaked its digital personal assistant Siri to give the “right” answers when asked about a competitor’s product.

This time around, Apple has re-calibrated her to give amusing responses to the “Okay Glass” prompt Google Glass owners use to issue commands to their Android-driven eyewear.

Though playful, Siri’s responses disparage Google Glass, with one response calling Google’s head-worn accessory “half empty” and telling users they’ve “got the wrong assistant”. We have all the responses and a nice video right after the break…

We counted six different responses to the “Okay, Glass” prompt, as highlighted Monday by The Verge:

• “Glass? I think you’ve got the wrong assistant.”
• “I think that Glass is half empty.”
• “Just so you know, I don’t do anything when you blink at me.”
• “I’m not Glass. And I’m just fine with that.”
• “Stop trying to strap me to your forehead. It won’t work.”
• “Very funny, (name). I mean, not funny ‘ha-ha,’ but funny.”

Siri’s take on Google Glass is said to be even richer in iOS 7 Beta.

Check out Jeff’s video overview below.

Snarky, indeed.

As opposed to wearing a head-mounted accessory, Apple is believed to be working on a wearable accessory that strips on your wrist. Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook, who wears a Nike FuelBand health tracking accessory, recently opined that Google Glass lacks a mass-market appeal.

“There are some positives in the product. It’s probably likely to appeal to certain vertical markets,” Cook said during his segment at D11 . “The likelihood that it has broad appeals is hard to see”.

He also dropped vague hints that Apple may be interested in wearable accessories.

“I think wearables is incredibly interesting,” he added. “It could be a profound area”.

On a somewhat related note, fashion magazine Vogue in its September issue has run a 12-page spread dedicated to Google Glass, featuring retro-looking illustrations of fashion models wearing the accessory, sleek hair and minimalist designs.

The New York Times has the full story, here are the images.

Google Glass (Vogue 001)

Google Glass (Vogue 002)

Google Glass (Vogue 003)

Google Glass (Vogue 004)

Google Glass (Vogue 005)

Google Glass (Vogue 006)

I love how they used a rusted steel house in Texas to resemble an alien spaceship.

This should hopefully make Glass more fashionable ahead of its 2014 launch.

In the meantime, Apple has been ramping up iWatch-related hiring.

Just recently, for example, the firm hired former fashion label CEO Paul Deneve and former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch. Both men are now tasked with “special projects” at Apple and are reporting directly to Tim Cook.

What do you think about Siri’s responses to Glass?

Are they entertaining or has Apple crossed the line?

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  • OMG

    I wish siri was really all she is supposed to be :(

    • Maxim∑

      one thing that sets siri apart is stuff like this. On iOS 7 you can really have a small conversation with her, while it might be a bit pointless Its funny

      • FOFF

        yeah siri is just not fast enough or accurate enough

  • 12x

    Dat pronunciation of “forehead” doe….

    • Troy

      It’s American. What do you expect? They don’t know how to speak English.

    • http://defyinglimits.com/ Haik

      That spelling “doe….”

  • Joseph

    Siri tends to have a thing for being snarky when asked about competing products. At least it’s funny.

    • OMG

      yeah true but i just want improved listening accuracy and response speed on par with the google voice app..

      • mehrab

        Ummmm it is has been since ios 6 (responds to commands quicker) does seraches such as how old is barrack obama just as fast or split second slow however that changes in ios7 as its internet searches is faster then google now you”ll see when you have ios 7 ;)

    • chumawumba

      Unlike S-Voice, which when asked about Apple says it has “standards.” Samsung and standards? WTF!

      • Vijay Panjwani

        lol, Trolls Disliked your comment! :P

      • mehrab

        I dont think plastic phones that lag have standards :c

  • batongxue

    Got the same “Just so you know, I don’t do anything when you blink at me.”

  • Gregory Kitchens

    “There are some positives in the product. It’s probably likely to appeal to certain vertical markets,” Cook said during his segment at D11 . “The likelihood that it has broad appeals is hard to see”.
    sounds a lot like Steve Ballmer’s response to the iPhone…

    • Rowan09

      I would disagree. Steve Balmer said the iPhone was dead on arrival. All Cook said was he think its nice but for now he doesn’t see it as a widely used piece of device. I agree with Cook while glass may be the future one day, we are far from having everyone in mass purchase it even if it was $299.

      • Gregory Kitchens

        naturally, its going to take a while before all the benefits of it can be truey realized. I’m a bit biased, I’ve been into glass type projects since i was a kid, i remember one being advertised that i wanted really bad ( for some reason i picture voice controlled windows 98 on glasses but i doubt thats what it was) for me this project is huge and is something I’ve wanted all my life, so I’m naturally a little more optimistic than most might be.

  • http://lucaskunert.com/ Lucas Kunert

    They better be interested in doing wearables. It may be what keeps Apple relevant for a while longer.

    • Rowan09

      Apple is the number 1 money making phone company they are already very relevant. iWatch will definitely help them to keep the lead in the tech business.

  • https://www.facebook.com/LP.lyrics.video Ghaith Al Hami

    siri rooooooooooooooooooooooools

  • Seese

    While Apple is busy tweaking Siri to make fun of Google and transforming iOS into visual cancer. Google is innovating with driverless cars and wearable tech. Hmmm….

    • mehrab

      Ios 7″s design is amazing, from the parallax to the 3D effects on safari to the phone dialer buttons mimicking your wallpaper to the blurs and transparencies to the simple black and white approach to the apps to the neon colored icons which most of them i liked some i disokiked but since i have been using ios 7 beta i am over it

      • Kash Gummaraju

        didn’t know that Jony Ive actually commented on blogs

      • mehrab

        If only i was him lol

      • FOFF

        welcome to social media infiltrated by marketing companies working for the corporations..lol money can gat anything done these days

      • Pitchy

        yes, flat icons and a new color scheme is revolutionary. but unless you jailbreak, you are stuck with it. Android on the other hand lets you theme nearly every aspect of the phone without needing to root. Granted there are some things you need to root to do, but over all, I can theme my SMS client to look like iOS 7, Windows Mobile, 5000 other themes or I can make my own which I did.

        His point was that Google is doing some incredible stuff and Apple rethemes the graphics and expects us to go oooo and ahhhh over and consider that enough to keep us entertained for another year.

      • mehrab

        It sure is something new and different, *flat neon* icons and a color scheme* yep you havent used ios 7 yet, get your hands on it its good design better then any theme or anything google has ever done use it you will understand the true meaning of simplicity and attention to detail which google does not simply have, you can actually change what the icons look like on ios by mutiple ways *without jailbreak* other then that theres jailbreak too changing your wallpaper actually changes the look and feel of your phone app,safari tab management,notification centre,lck screen buttons, and a lot more check the built in apps when your at it. Other then that IOS is something you will use out of the box without tinkering, theming,hacking your phone thats what android is solely for, google is open,apple is not. I like the closeness tbh im an owner of android devices and ios so i know my sh**

      • Pitchy

        We have two iPhones, several iPod Touchs, iMacs, Apple TV and I love to tinker. For some reason, all of our tablets ended up Android. I sold my iPad 2 for a Galaxy Note 10.1 and loved it, but my oldest daughter pretty much took it over. I eventually bought her her own because it’s been great for middle school math using S Note and the formula to Wolfram Alpha. My youngest daughter got the first Nexus 7 for Christmas and I ended up loving it. I wear a lot of baggy cargo shorts/pants to work and the Nexus 7 fits perfectly in nearly every front pocket of all of my shorts/pants. So I got rid of my Galaxy Note 10 and picked up the new Nexus 7 and love the hell out of that little tablet. I dig what you can do with Android. My iPhone is jailbroken and I refuse to upgrade to iOS7 without a jailbreak.

        I haven’t used Safari on my iPhone since Google Chrome came to iOS. So that part is meaningless to me. Notification Center in iOS7 looks like part Android, part Windows Mobile. The only real change is a transparent background and some interactions.

        What has really changed with the lock screen? Is it as advanced as Android? I can do some pretty cool things with my lock screen on Android 4.3.

        I am at the point that an iPhone without a jailbreak is now enough to make me switch to Android. I know that’s heresy here, but I just don’t feel like iOS has done much over the last 2 or 3 years.

      • mehrab

        You can get to siri, access notification centre where you”ll have lots of widgets,see your current timers and alarms,you can acess airdrop,wifi,bluetooh,donot disturb brighness media conrtols within the lock screen, now lock screen is better looking too. 4.3 ahhh widgets i really never found my self using oneo n my htc one,note 2,nexus 4 only widgets i have ever used were weather widgets (ios had a weather widget sinve ios 5) other then that i spend more time like 90percent inside of apps then tinkering with them on my home screens. I dont like notification centre in android i mean i dong like it against ios, its not about who has more features its about who did them carefully with precision with fluidity, its not about who has the most apps its about which softwares devs made it optimized it carefully to give you a fluid fast responsive expirience. Android tablets i never liked why? No tablet ui apps. I prefer ios for key reasons implementation of features,ecosystem,performance,simplicity,airplay mirroring,design of the ios (look and feel) i believe highly that an operating system needs to have good design ios 6 design is great But very old, i personally hated ios 7″s design until i started using it theres more to the design then just the icons. Overall my favourite android device is my nexus 4 thats my second favourite phone first iphone 5

      • Pitchy

        One of the things I hated about mirroring my iPad 2 to my Apple TV was that the iPad 2 mirrored at 1024×768 which looked ridiculous on a 1080p TV. I know that there is now a jailbreak app that will mirror at fullscreen, but I don’t get why Apple mirror at 4×3 resolution instead of a 16×9 which is pretty much what everyone is using now. Without sounding like an egocentric a$$hate, if you have an iPad or an iPhone, you probably have a widescreen HD TV.

        I will be curious to see what iOS7 looks like on my wife’s iPhone who hates my iPhone when it’s jailbroken.

        Like you, the main widget I use is weather, but I do have a battery widget running on my Nexus 7. I like having the option of whether or not to use widgets. It’s nice to have that freedom on the Android side.

        It just feels like a lot more new and cool stuff is being done on the Android side and Apple is lagging behind. I give you the simplicity and stability with iOS 7, but Android wins on freedom, customizations and hackability. Personally I like both :)

      • mehrab

        Yes both are good os”s! I just prefer ios thats all but touchwiz and sense does suck abit and tablets arent upto the marl all in all the motoX and nexus 4 are amazing products. Cos the ipad is 4:3 and i tried the tweak it does seem more laggier and look streched and weird, yeah battery percentage you can have so its okay without battery widget and you can disable all widgets on ios too. True android does newer cooler things but most of them are just tweaks, its really nothing a hell lot different then ios except widgets both have similar muititasking notification centres lockscreens you knoe what i mean android i believe is not true innovation its like a lot of tweaks and 3rd parties combined the first ios and some after that was innovation as it was the first of its kind. Ios 7 is an innovation too? Um in apples world it is. In the real world its just a step forward for ios and a step and the right direction ios 8 however will being true apple features :)

  • Gurudas G

    First time ever that I’ve seen Jeff’s battery not almost dead.

  • PatrickH

    This may be old hat to
    you.
    My 10-year-old asked Siri “Is there a god?”
    Answer: “I do not engage in theological disquisition.”
    The Uk English Siri answered “Humans have religion. I just have silicon.”
    Funny.

  • Guest

    just tried it LOL

    • Danuel Carr

      That’s the best response of them all. :D

    • 3aloo1

      LOL

  • Mounir Toumi

    haha

  • Mounir Toumi

    now Siri shuts up when tell her to shut up :)
    but it just tells you that it’s not nice with text, no voice… lol

  • laszlo gaspar

    The jokes are funny but apple do not need to sink to the levels of companies such as Nokia and Microsoft.

  • Kye Lewis

    “Though playful, Siri’s responses disparage Google Glass, with one response calling Google’s head-worn accessory “half empty” and telling users they’ve “got the wrong assistant”.”

    1. That’s two responses, the sentence makes it sound like both quotes come from the same response
    2. Which part of the ‘wrong assistant’ response is disparaging?

    I can agree on the ‘half empty’ one, that one is a little disappointing tbh

  • kidus

    i love siri

  • kidus

    in food battle 2013 ian stiil wanted a rematch

  • kidus

    chip/chips