Did Siri's Boss Leave for Samsung? Nope

Luc Julia, former Siri guyNews that the Apple executive in charge of the Siri voice control project has left and started working for Samsung hit the Internet over the weekend. The man in question, Luc Julia, was involved with Siri development, but he wasn't the man in charge as reports claimed, nor was his departure recent.

Mr. Julia was a senior engineer at Apple and he was a director working on Siri, although he wasn't the project director. That role belongs to Bill Stasior who is the vice president of Siri.

Mr. Julia's career at Apple spanned started in 2011 and ended in 2012 before he moved on to Samsung where he now works on the Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions (SAMI) project. SAMI is a system that collects and digests information from multiple sources and then presents it in a useful way. His title is Vice President and Innovation Fellow, Open Innovation Center.

SAMI is still in development, so there isn't anything to show that it's actually useful. Samsung is, however, hoping it proves to be a big hit.

In other words, Luc Julia worked on Siri in 2011 and 2012, and then went to work for Samsung. He wasn't the top man on the Siri project and hasn't been involved with Apple's voice recognition technology for a year.