Apple has removed the stand-alone Siri Assistant app from the App Store in preparation for the launch of the iPhone 4S, which will have Siri Assistant features integrated in iOS 5. The app, which debuted in the App Store in February 2010 prior to Apple’s acquisition of the company in April 2010, offered natural-language search features to provide users with movie times, restaurant reservations, and more.
Those who had downloaded the free app before it was removed from the App Store now see this screen when opening Siri Assistant:
Apple’s iPhone 4S, which was announced last week and will be available in the U.S. starting October 14, will utilize Siri technology to allow users to handle many tasks by voice alone. Apple has posted the following demo video showing how this feature works:
Vlingo, a company that develops a competing voice-centric personal assistant app for the iPhone and other smartphone platforms, has made full functionality within its own app free. Using Vlingo to create text messages and emails by voice used to cost $6.99 each, or $9.99 for both services when purchased at once, via in-app purchase.
Vlingo’s offerings aren’t as comprehensive as Siri Assistant in iOS 5 will be but it works on older iOS devices, unlike Siri Assistant in iOS 5 that will only work on the iPhone 4S.