It has been reportedthat Google’s own version of Apple’s voice software Siri could be launched in early 2012.
For starters it is codenamed Majel, which comes from Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, better known as the voice of the Federation Computer from Star Trek.
Majel is an evolution of Google’s Voice Actions that is currently available on most Android phones with the addition of natural language processing. Where Voice Actions required you to issue specific commands like “send text to…” or “navigate to…” Majel will allow you to perform actions in your natural language similar to how Siri functions.
It sounds like only Google search queries will be included with the initial release, and it is supposed that it will be offered as a standalone application. After that it could be offered integrated into the platform of the next version of the Android operating system codenamed “Jellybean”.