Siri is exclusive to Apple iPhone 4S

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Apple say that it requires the A5 processor that is on 4S and not on 4.

But Apple iPad 2 has 4S and still Apple is not delivering Siri on it.

Simple reason... Apple would offer Siri on iPad 3 and people would be tempted to replace their iPad 2 with iPad 3.

This is the primary difference between Google and Apple. Google does not block core features of Android based on devices. I can see some exceptions though... Google Wallet is currently restricted to Google Nexus 4G on Sprint... Google Talk video chat is I believe restricted on some devices as well. But overall, they do a pretty good job with Android updates. The problem is of course the manufacturers who do not update their own devices with newer releases of Android fast enough.
 

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I guess google wallet need some kind of chip to be present in handsets.. and tht chip is available only on nexus .. isn't it?Don't think they have restricted it .. but the other handsets don't have tht chip so google wallet is of no use to them ..
 

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Google Nexus S has the NFC chip. But they are 'currently' restricting Google Wallet to the Sprint version which is also 4G capable. I guess since Wallet is currently largely an experiment and also that Sprint is a partner on this project. Once they have gone through the initial testing, Wallet should be available to any NFC capable Android device and perhaps other platforms too considering it is simply an app and not a hardware feature (except for the NFC part).
 


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Till the time more apps start using tht NFC chip I don't think many handsets will integrate it ..Btw siri is not exclusive to 4s as yet .. Since it is still in beta stage so we don't know whether they will add tht to ipad 2 as yet or not ..Once the final version is out then we can expect to see it in ipad2 for sure ..
 

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a lot of apps already use NFC but they are not very popular because very few android devices comes with NFC. even the newer htc and samsung devices ignore nfc because there are few uses for it. google would have done good by at least making nfc a mandatory requirement for android 2.3 and above for at least their partners. but they have never forced any specific hardware requirement with android and that sucks. at least google wallet would entice more manufacturers to include the nfc hardware in their models for the US market... as for siri, apple has confirmed in a statement that siri is exclusive to iPhone 4S and is not coming to iPad 2. they have no reason to bring it to iPad 2 when the launch of iPad 3 is like what? 3-4 months away?
 

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"Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply."

http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/siri.html

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o, I guess Siri feature on iPad2 is unknown at the moment.


Re your comment "Google does not block core features of Android based on devices":

It's upto OEM to decide whether their device is capable of newest android feature. Yes, there is huge update delay from OEM and often poor update patches. I don't know IF google certify these updates.

Also note, with exception to nexus devices, I don't know if any 2.5 yr droid phones will support OS 2.3.x/4.0. iOS 5 on 3GS works smoothly.
 


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i thought it was already pretty clear that apple disabled a lot of features of iOS4 on older devices. not sure if that is the case is with iOS5 as well. of course siri is not included in iOS5. that is another disabled feature on older devices. and it is disabled even on iPhone 4 and iPad 2 for god sake. both of these are fairly powerful devices. and not even one year old. i would imagine that it would be possible for mobile manufacturers to deliver feature limited updates of Android on older devices. it's not like the system requirement goes up with every update. on the other hand, android probably becomes more efficient with every update.
 

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i android probably becomes more efficient with every update.
More efficient is the wrong word. In a manner of speaking with every update it becomes less buggy and usable.


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i think supporting hardware acceleration in the next update would mean that it is becoming more efficient?
 

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i thought it was already pretty clear that apple disabled a lot of features of iOS4 on older devices. not sure if that is the case is with iOS5 as well.

of course siri is not included in iOS5. that is another disabled feature on older devices. and it is disabled even on iPhone 4 and iPad 2 for god sake. both of these are fairly powerful devices. and not even one year old.


If they include siri on older devices then the 4s won't become the best selling iPhone.

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