The opposable thumb is one of the greatest designs, and yet when it comes to using our smartphones it could be that typing is just becoming too tiresome. The latest technology is encouraging us to use our voices as opposed to manual typing, allowing voice to become a major medium in smartphone technology.
The latest version of Siri on iOS 6 has said to been a great improvement on the previous version, making using our voices much more desirable than typing. Originally, Siri was often criticised on it's limitations and it's habit of constantly mishearing what we were saying. However, this new version is more refined, and has also learnt a fair few more tricks. Siri can now answer queries on sports scores, statistics schedules, film listings and reviews, and restaurant bookings. Additionally, Siri can post to Facebook and Twitter, and launch apps: two features which were highly in demand by users.
Siri was undeniably a great novelty feature when it first came out, although the most practical use for software such as Siri has been when users are driving, and therefore unable to type. However could it be that voice typing can become less of an occasional necessity and more of a preference?
Recently comedian Ricky Gervais launched the app, Just Sayin, which offers voice typing a much more active role on our smartphones. Acting as a new social sharing platform like Instagram, Just Sayin has been described as a radio version of Twitter, in which you leave recorded messages as opposed to typed statuses. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter already successfully encompass the use of text and photos to construct an online persona, and Gervais believes that voice is the "missing link" for a fulfilling web experience.
With using voice, there will always be drawbacks as software can struggle to understand different accents, speeds of speech and other aspects. But as this gets more and more refined with improved technology, could voice be the next big thing for our smartphones?