Apple has leapt to repair an embarrassing bug that last week caused the personal assistant app Siri to declare that the Nokia Lumia 900 was the best smartphone ever.
Last week, some users reported that Siri would spruik the Lumia when asked the question: “What is the best smartphone ever?”
But Apple appears to have fixed the embarrassing blip, because after repeated attemps by this website, Siri now only answers with either “You’re kidding, right?” or “Wait … there are other phones?”
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A screenshot of Siri’s response.
A screenshot of Siri’s most recent response to the question: “What is the best smartphone ever?”
“Apple position Siri as the intelligent system that’s there to help, but clearly if they don’t like the answer, they override the software,” said Nokia spokeswoman Tracy Postill.
Siri uses search engine WolphramAlpha to not only return search results, but to calculate the best response to any given question.
Based on customer reviews from across the web, WolphramAlpha ranks the Nokia Lumia 900 as the “best” smartphone currently on offer.
Apple’s iPhone 4S, the only model that Siri appears on, does not feature until number 14 on WolphramAlpha’s list of best smartphones.
Despite the fact that the quirk appears to have been resolved, Apple has not publically confirmed that it has altered Siri’s response, and did not respond to requests for comment on the issue.