Apple’s Voice Recognition Siri Doubles IPhone Data Volumes

Source: Jonathan Browning, The Washington Post

Apple Inc.’s voice recognition software Siri has prompted owners of the iPhone 4S to use almost twice as much data compared with the handset’s predecessor, placing greater pressure on operators, network firm Arieso said. “Voice is the ultimate human interface,” Arieso Chief Technology Officer Michael Flanagan said in an interview in London. Voice recognition is prompting consumers to use their smartphones’ functions more often, he said. Arieso advises clients such as Vodafone Group Plc, Telefonica SA and Nokia Siemens Networks Oy on how to manage wireless networks. Apple brought in Siri, dubbed a virtual personal assistant, in its latest iPhone update in October. With a few spoken words, the artificial-intelligence feature helps iPhone users schedule appointments, write text messages and check the local weather. Arieso, based in Atlanta, said it measured more than 1 million subscribers across a single European network in both urban and rural areas, without identifying the operator.

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