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On Monday, Apple gave a preview of its next mobile operating system, iOS 6, which brings deeper Facebook and Siri integration and functionality. It also replaced the Google Maps app, which has been a part of the platform since 2007, with its own in-house Maps program.
Following the release of the developer iOS 6 beta, I decided it might be useful for potential phone buyers if I compared the five most notable features of iOS with the platform's key competitors, Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Windows Phone Mango.
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Choosing a smartphone? Consider the OS.
Voice actions on Andriod
Voice recognition and control
In the iOS 6 update, Apple gave voice recognition tool Siri new powers to launch native and third-party apps, using spoken commands only.
Thankfully, Android owners can also get in on the voice-control action courtesy of Google Voice Actions (pictured). Galaxy S III owners get even more spoken control functionality through Samsung's S Voice system, which lets people open native and third-party apps, schedule appointments, check out the weather or perform web searches without touching the handset.
Windows Phone also lets people open native and third-party apps via speech, but it lacks the added functionality for more advanced tasks, such as scheduling meetings.
It's interesting to see that the major mobile OS vendors are putting a lot of weight behind voice actions in order to distinguish themselves from the competition. Personally, I don't really use voice control apps, except perhaps when I receive a text message while driving. Like others, I tend to feel a bit stupid shouting at my phone in the street.
On top of this, recognition of the action that you want to perform also seems to be hit and miss across all the platforms.
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