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Apple's Wozniak: Voice commands the next big step for smartphones

Apple's Wozniak: Voice commands the next big step for smartphones

Sophisticated voice commands will be the next big step for the development of smartphones but will not supplant touchpads any time soon

Sophisticated voice commands will be the next big step for the development of smartphones, according to Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.

He was speaking at the Australian Chamber Business Congress in the Gold Coast. He founded Apple in 1976 with Steve Jobs and has been recognised as a major contributor to personal computers.

Asked what he thought would be the up and coming development for smartphones in the next five years, Wozniak pointed to voice-activated commands.

“We have gotten down to such tiny devices with amazing computers inside with all the human senses; vision, hearing, touch, location acceleration and movement,” he said. “... I don't want to click buttons anymore and I just want to do things without having to think about which buttons to click.

“I like voice commands more and my wife would tell you I generally pick which phone I want based on what commands I can speak into – be it an Android or iPhone – and I would just rather speak it than press buttons even if it only takes a few seconds.

Wozniak's philosophy is if one person like something, it has potential to have mass-market appeal.

While he thinks voice commands will not supplant touchscreens in smartphones in the near future, he saw them co-existing effectively.

I like both [touch and voice] but I think there is still going to be a need for [touchpads] for people like accountants, lawyers and engineers... that aren't going to adapt to voice well.”

The Australian Chambers Business Congress concluded today.


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