Google's Own 'Siri' Named for Star Trek
Software to be called 'Majel' after Enterprise voice: reports
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 15, 2011 3:20 PM CST
'Star Trek' inspired the name for new Google software, according to rumors.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Siri's got competition. Google is reportedly working on its own version of the voice-activated smartphone assistant, and rumor has it the software's name honors Star Trek. Google is apparently calling the system "Majel," after Majel Barrett, who did the voice for Star Trek's talking computer, Android and Me reports. Comments from a Google rep suggest there's some truth to the rumors, notes SlashGear.

Discussing Google's existing voice-recognition equipment, an Android director notes that in Star Wars, "you have these robot personalities like C-3PO who messes up and makes jokes. He’s kind of a comic relief guy." On the other hand, "our approach is more like Star Trek, starship Enterprise; every piece of computing surface, everything is voice-aware. You can interact with it at the same time as you talk with it. It’s just another way to interface with the computer.”

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Dec 16, 2011 5:22 AM CST
This will be the first of at least 4 different smartphone voice recognition systems that Google will release over the next 5 years. Each one will be buggy and in permanent beta. At several points, more than one will be available at the same time. Google will say each one is better than Siri, just because. They will all have cute names. They will all fail.
Dec 15, 2011 7:23 PM CST
Will you need to begin each question with 'computer'?
Dec 15, 2011 3:46 PM CST
Very cool. Majel is awesome.