Google Can Expect More Patent Troubles With its Own Version of Siri

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While Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is speculated to release its own voice assistant for Android smartphones, [1] the search giant would be expecting another swarm of patent problems from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), which managed to sell over 37 million Siri-enabled iPhones the last 3 months of 2011. [2] Having said that Google’s own “Assistant” could have more integration advantages over Apple.

Voice Assistant May Follow The Android Way

Unlike Apple’s exclusivity, Google’s voice assistant is expected to be available for free to developers, much like its Android mobile OS. If this happens, voice-enabled search could move on from being more of a “fun” product to an innovative tool, as it opens up new avenues for developers to construct novel apps for mobile devices. However, with Apple taking shots at Android at every available opportunity, Google’s voice assistant can expect similar treatment as soon as it launches.

We currently have a price estimate of near $627 for Google’s stock, which is slightly above the current market price.

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Notes:
  1. Google’s Plan To Compete With Apple’s Multi-Platform Siri? Google “Assistant”, TechCrunch, 2nd March 2012 []
  2. Apple sells record 37M iPhones in Q1 2012, Venture Beat, 24th Jan 2012 []