HP AND GOOGLE reportedly have joined forces to create a Siri-like digital assistant for the workplace to challenge Apple's IBM partnership.
So reports The Information (paywalled), which says that Google's Android team has been in talks with HP about creating a mobile search service nicknamed "Enterprise Siri", as both firms look to enhance their business credentials in light of Apple's partnership with IBM.
The service, if it ever sees the light of day, will allow employees to bark at their devices for company information such as financial data or product inventory.
The Information reports, "The idea is for employees to be able to ask their Android device for company information such as financial data or product inventory information in the same way they do routine personal searches for weather, traffic or restaurant locations.
"Google search doesn't currently offer any such integration with corporate databases and software applications, but it's an area Google has looked at as it tries to chip away at the iPhone's lead among business customers"
According to the report, however, this isn't how HP wanted things to be, as it claims that HP was courting Apple to work with it on "Enterprise Siri" before the firm announced its partnership with IBM. It's unclear whether these talks are continuing, but we'd guess that their chances are slim.
The report also claims that HP previously pitched the idea of building a Nexus phone aimed at the enterprise, complete with advanced encryption features. That idea reportedly was turned down by then-Android boss Andy Rubin.
Neither HP, Google, nor Apple has commented on the report. µ