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KOREAN ELECTRONICS OUTFIT LG has announced that it will compete with Apple and Samsung by launching its own speaking assistant called Quick Voice.
Similar to Siri and S Voice, the "e-intelligent voice recognition" software will allow users to operate a variety of functions on their phones via voice commands, freeing up your hands for other things.
In a Korean press release today, LG said the software will support 11 apps when it is launched, including voice call, text, contacts, alarms, calendar, voice maps, weather, stocks, and web search.
Unfortunately for LG users anywhere else in the world, the service is only available in Korea.
Those lucky enough to live in Korea will see the software launch on the Optimus Vu handset in late June and on the Optimus LTE 2 sometime in July, when both handsets receive an upgrade to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
We are yet to receive a response from LG as to whether UK Optimus owners will be getting LG's intelligent speaking assistant.
Other information we'd like to know about the software is whether it will be capable of searching local businesses like bars and restaurants, something UK Siri users still lack until the IOS 6 upgrade this Autumn.
The news comes a day after LG announced that it will sideline tablet development to focus more on the smartphone market. µ