The Dolphin Browser iPhone application is making headlines this week because of a new update that includes the addition of a voice recognition feature called Dolphin Sonar. This Sonar feature is to the Dolphin Browser app as Siri is to the iPhone 4S.
Users simply have to tap a microphone icon at the bottom of the screen (sound familiar?), and can then speak directions to the phone. Sonar can “search the Web, find exactly what you’re looking for on sites like Facebook or eBay, bookmark your favorite website, and (like a real Dolphin!) use Sonar to navigate… all without having to type a single letter.”
This is pretty cool in and of itself, but it’s even more exciting when you consider that the technology that powers the Sonar feature was created in partnership with Nuance, the company behind Dragon, which just so happens to power much of Apple’s own Siri. This feature could be an indication of Siri’s future.
Siri is a very interesting feature in iOS, but it’s often criticized for its fairly limited functionality. It’s clear that the technology exists for voice recognition software and digital assistants to take on more responsibility than Siri currently has. It’s really up to Apple to allow Siri to be taken to the next level.
What do you guys think? Will the next major iOS update give Siri access to more features and commands, making her a true assistant, or is she doomed to an eternal life of moderate usefulness? Let me know in the comments section below or on twitter.