Siri, Coming To an Android Near You?

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We already know that Siri does most of its processing server-side, and that Apple's claims of hardware as a limiting factor are tenuous at best. But new research from French developer Applidium reveals that Apple is truly full of it.

They've managed to completely reveal the entire process used for communications between the iPhone 4S and Apple's servers. In doing so, they discovered that the only thing keeping Siri from running on Android (or just about anything with a microphone and an internet connection) was a single line of code. Furthermore, they suggest that it's entirely possible to create a third-party Siri client that could fool Apple's servers into thinking they were talking with a normal iPhone 4S. Unfortunately, it's that single line of code that could severely hobble any attempt to capitalize on this discovery.

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As it turns out, that code is unique to each individual iPhone 4S and as of now, there's no way to replicate it. So in order to get a third party-client working, you would either have to sacrifice a large number of iPhones, or risk easy detection by the Apple Gestapo. Basically, the only thing standing between you and a Siri-equipped refrigerator is a string of random characters. For a more detailed explanation of how they did it and a look at the code, head on over to Applidium's own blog, or, Ars Technica for the less technically-inclined. [Applidium via Ars Technica]

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DISCUSSION

Let's just rent that big digital billboard in Times Square for a week to broadcast to the world that Apple's older hardware can, in fact, run Siri adequately, but Apple chose to limit it to the new phones they are selling, and that it's just too darn bad for those who don't want to upgrade.

That way we can all cry, yell, and finally come to terms with the obvious reality that (a) Apple does actually run a business and has shareholders; and (b) Apple's server farm does not have NEARLY enough capacity to serve tens of millions of iPhones all at once.

Then, finally, we can all move on with our lives and enjoy our iPhones as they are and quit the incessant whining.

And the hackers who really want to challenge themselves can engage in the cat-and-mouse game of trying to get Siri working on older/competitor hardware while Apple quite successfully fights them off at every turn.