Google’s New Voice Assistant Code-Named After Majel Roddenberry

By Saralyn Smith | 9 years ago

The Siri voice recognition software set the tech world all a-flutter when Apple released it with the iPhone 4S and Google is set to release a voice controlled personal assistant for Android system soon.  When TrekMovie.com reported Google’s acquisition of a voice recognition software company last year, the company’s Mike Cohen said it was part of Google’s attempts “move a little faster towards that Star Trek future” where people aren’t tethered to mice and keyboards.  The project has been under tight wraps, but reports are now coming out that Google is continuing its association with the Star Trek world.  According to AndroidandMe, people at Google are calling the project is “Majel”.  As in, Majel Barett-Roddenberry, wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and voice of the computers on the Enterprise all the way up through the 2009 reboot.

If the reports are true, “Majel” will be a system slightly more difficult to use but more powerful than Siri.  It will be an evolution of Google’s existing Voice Actions, but users will be able to use more natural commands (like Siri) instead of the specific commands in the current Voice Actions system.  Apparently, several different stages in the project’s development included an option for users to activate “Majel” by saying “Computer…” just like in Star Trek, but there’s no word on whether that will be an option in the finished product.  There’s also no word on whether “Majel” will be the official name for the voice controlled assistant or if it is just the internal code word for the project.

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