Nokia claim Apple has altered Siri over Lumia 900

Ashleigh Allsopp
17 May, 2012
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Last week, it was reported that the Siri named Nokia’s Lumia 900 the best smartphone ever. Now, Siri appears to have changed its mind, causing Nokia to accuse Apple altering Siri’s programming.

On Friday, The Next Web reported that, when asked “What is the best smartphone ever”, the iPhone 4S’s assistant replied with the Nokia Lumia 900, after generating its answer based on results from Wolfram Alpha, a service that draws from users reviews across the web.

On Monday, it appeared that Siri had changed its mind, and began answering the question “What is the best smartphone ever” with “You’re kidding right,” “Wait…there are other phones?” and “The one you’re holding.”

CNET reported that Apple had not confirmed that it had changed Siri’s programming to control the answer, but Nokia now believes that Apple is controlling Siri’s responses.

“Apple position Siri as the intelligent system that’s there to help, but clearly if they don’t like the answer, they override the software,” Nokia spokeswoman Tracy Postill told the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday.

CNET reports that Postill’s comment “may have been taken a bit too seriously,” according to another Nokia spokesperson.

CNET notes that when asked what the best tablet ever is, Siri replies: “The Apple iPad is the best. And that’s not just my opinion.”


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