Nokia Accuses Apple of Rigging Siri

Finnish handset maker Nokia has accused Apple of intentionally changing Siri to suggest that the iPhone is the best smartphone when asked. Previously, the voice assistant feature had been claiming that the Nokia Lumia 900 was the best smartphone available, but it now answers “the one you’re holding” or “you’re kidding, right?” when asked that question. Nokia believes that Apple is unfairly changing the Siri programming to alter its 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 said in a statement sent to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The responses that Siri provides are almost entirely based off information from third-party service Wolfram Alpha, which is where the Nokia Lumia 900 result came from. Wolfram Alpha would have claimed the Nokia Lumia 900 as the best smartphone based on Best Buy reviews and other aggregated information about the handset. Do you think that it is unjust for Apple to be tinkering with Siri to have the responses weigh in its favor, or is that something the company is entitled to because its their own product?

[CNET]

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