Feeds

Siri subtly shifts smartphone allegiance

No longer nominates Nokia kit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Conspiracy theorists and Apple haters, rejoice! Siri, Cupertino's iPhone 4S voice assistant, is no longer suggesting the Nokia Lumia 900 WinPho handset might be the best cellphone.

As we reported earlier, that's the recommendation that Siri has been making of late. Siri checks Wolfram's Alpha database for the information, and Alpha, having looked up the number of top-scoring customer reviews on Best Buy's website, would tell Siri to suggest the Lumia 900:

Siri suggests Nokia

No longer. Siri, which is a server-based technology and therefore much easier for Apple to adjust that would be the case if it was entirely client side, now responds to the question with scorn.

We heard that the question 'What's the best smartphone?' would generate a different answer than before, but that's not the question originally put to Siri. So we found an iPhone 4S and asked 'What's the best cell phone?'

Again, Siri was not impressed:

Siri cell phone response

Not, perhaps, the answer you might expect, but certainly not one that points you in the direction of rival product. Still, by not explicitly answering 'the Apple iPhone' or even 'the one in your hand', it would seem Apple would prefer we didn't take the change as a sign of its manipulation of the results Siri present.

Shame, because now we know that it does. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.