HTC teased this photograph over the weekend, which set the Internet (including us) in a frenzy speculating about the Taiwanese smartphone vendor planning to launch a Siri-like voice assistant. The screenshot displayed a conversation between a dog and the assistant, which of course everyone assumed to be a cover for the real thing. Guess what? HTC pwned virtually every tech blog and news site! Also Read - Siri can now read & reply to Telegram messages for iPhone & iPad users
Turns out HTC was celebrating pets week and this was just a spoof to cap off the celebrations. This was confirmed by Jeff Gordon, HTC’s global online communications manager on Twitter and spotted by the guys at Android Community. Also Read - Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 anniversary edition launched in India for Rs 24,990
@philnickinson @PaulOBrien Correct, it’s just a joke to cap off HTC’s “pets week.” No news cycles here. 🙂 Also Read - Apple's Siri voice assistant now offering coronavirus updates in several countries, including India
— Jeff Gordon (@urbanstrata) June 22, 2012
In other news, we could expect Google to announce what is internally codenamed Majel and could be launched as Google Assistant for Android at this week’s Google I/O. We will be waiting to see if Google simply copies Siri or adds some of its own zing.