Wolfram Alpha's Queries Are One-Quarter Siri-Based
How often do you use Wolfram Alpha with Siri?
Siri is Apple's voice control system brought to a whole new level. It comes with not only voice recognition, but clever responses and dictation which make using Siri a pleasure and a very high demand for people not owning an iPhone 4S yet. With that being said, a Siri port for older iDevices is a highly anticipated event. But, have you ever taken the time to see where the answers Siri gets for you come from? A closer look at the bottom right of the Siri query in the screenshot below will answer that question:
Indeed, Siri uses the Wolfram Alpha
knowledge engine to query many of your process-based questions that require thinking. It's a very useful service that answers questions from Siri such as mathematical calculations, definitions, general knowledge, and more. You can use this service by finding their Web Site from a Google search, or you can just ask Siri to do it for you by asking her a question. As it turns out, Siri has left a very large footprint into Wolfram Alpha's records, showing that Siri users account for just about one quarter
of Wolfram Alpha's total queries.
25% may not seem like a huge figure to you, however thinking about the devices that actually run Siri (the iPhone 4S is the only legitimate device) and a handful of ported Apple devices, in comparison to all of the computers in the world that have access to Wolfram Alpha's Web site - well, it's a pretty large chunk. One thing that might be considered in these figures is the fact that most computer owners have probably never heard of Wolfram Alpha, where Siri users are forced to get results from them being that it is the main search engine for information that Siri cannot find on your iDevice.
As more Siri devices are activated each day and more jailbreakers step into the unknown with the Spire Siri port (external servers
needed to use Spire), we should see this percentage increase at a steady rate. The iPhone 4S has not been out too long and it has already taken a big bite into many markets.