What a busy moment for Apple’s legal team in China! Apple now has two infringement lawsuits to deal with, the Mac OS X “Snow Leopard” trademark that we reported just days ago and now comes to Apple’s voice assistant application Siri.
At WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple announced they will be adding Baidu as an additional search engine option for iOS users in China, while Google remains as the default search engine outside of China. This new feature can be seen in iOS 6. In this deal, Apple will be benefited with a cut of Baidu’s advertising revenue. The terms of revenue sharing agreements will be similar to other Chinese smartphone makers who provide built-in Baidu search.
At its WWDC keynote Monday, Apple unveiled new MacBooks and software updates that confirmed many pre-event reports and rumors. For the software part, iOS 6 is unveiled in beta form with 200 new features, and will be released to the public in the fall. Among the 200 new features, the one thing that may excite Chinese users most is the upgraded Siri, sporting the ability to speak and understand Chinese. Check out the demo after the break.
For all the kind and helpful advice that Apple’s Siri personal assistant gives out, this is perhaps the most useful one after all. A Chinese man told Siri he wants to buy an iPad 3, and Siri replied “Ok, it’s on your calendar for tomorrow.” And the humble virtual assistant even pulled up the calendar and shows you an exact date and time — March 7th, 3 p.m. — to buy an iPad.
While Apple fans around the globe have had the iPhone 4S for awhile now, many of our friends in China haven’t gotten to enjoy the little chit-chat with the über-popular foreign beauty Siri, and in fact, they were heartbroken when they found out Siri doesn’t speak Chinese yet. Apple has announced that it plans to add support for Chinese to Siri in 2012, and the latest news we’re hearing is that Siri will launch in Chinese next month, and according to a Chinese tech site’s sources, it is already undergoing internal testing this month.
Looks like Lenovo is getting serious about the smartphone market, especially competing with Apple. The China No.1 PC company has decided to join the party once again with a new contender. The company introduces their new LePhone S2 device, and it has a lot to offer for the average consumer. The LePhone S2 is an Android smartphone and the most interesting part it has a built in voice recognition system, which perform operation task similar to Apple SIRI. The system is fully supported Chinese language, which Apple SIRI doesn’t understand at the moment. We have a full hands-on photo gallery and details info on the new device, with demo video on the voice recognition, check them out after the break.
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