Last week, the tech world giggled to itself uncontrollably when it was discovered that Apple's
When asked, Siri would send the query over to third-party data aggregator Wolfram Alpha, which would pull recent data on average customer reviews and spit out the almighty Nokia
Source: The Next Web.
The tables subsequently turned when The Next Web asked a Lumia 800 the same question, which tapped into Mr. Softy's TellMe service and Bing search results, with the top hit being a Business Insider article titled, "Yes, The iPhone Is Still The Best Smartphone You Can Buy."
Source: The Next Web.
Which do you believe? Siri or Tellme? Each smartphone was oddly telling users that the other device was the belle of the ball.
One of the benefits of using a server-based voice recognition engine is that Siri can easily be tweaked, and the assistant has now been updated with a more expected response (presumably after being reprimanded for its treachery).
Source: Screenshot from author's iPhone.
Of course, these anecdotal observations are little more than fun and games based on third-party information sources. For something a little more meaningful, how about we turn to some cold, hard figures from researcher NPD Group.
NPD's most recent figures on the state of the smartphone market in the first quarter show Apple as the top U.S. smartphone maker with a 29% market share, while Samsung came in a close second with 24%.
Looking at the operating-system front, Google
NPD lists the top five selling handset models, with Cupertino sweeping the top three spots.
|4||Samsung Galaxy S II||Android|
|5||HTC EVO 3-D||Android|
In all honesty, I like Windows Phone. I think it has an innovative interface that boasts some usability advantages over iOS, coupled with a unique design style. It just seems like the broader market isn't too impressed.
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