Talking to a phone today does not only mean talking to someone on the other end of the line. It could also mean literally talking to your phone – that is, using your voice to execute actions that you should have done with your fingertips before. Apple revolutionized this behavior, creating an app called Siri, which had proved to be a lot useful to its users nowadays. But what was only for iPhone users could now be accessible to Android users, as well. Here are other apps that works just like Siri you should give a try.
- Skyvi – good until speech recognition
As what you would expect from a mobile assistant app, Skyvi does a lot. It can send and read text messages, call people on your contacts, give you directions, tells you the weather, plays music, and updates your social networks with voice. The only problem you would be getting, however, is to get it to respond accurately to your voice. Its speech recognition capability is merely a hit-or-miss, so you might want to re-consider this one out.
- Iris – voice recognition is spot-on!
Although it pretty much does the same things a voice assistant app does, Iris counts its speech recognition its edge among the others. It never fails in everything you say, even with the hardest and the fastest words and sentences you throw it with. Its weather information was also accurate, as well as other commands like setting up appointments.
- Robin – “The Siri Challenger”
Despite its official title, Robin might more likely be a driving assistant than a personal one like Siri. Nevertheless, she still proves to be very useful, especially when getting directions and locations – hands free! It can also retrieve parking information, text, call, and update your social media. It’s speech recognition might be a little off at times, but overall it works just fine.
- Vlingo – small but accurate feature set
This apps features are pretty much just the basics, and if you’re looking for something that can do a lot of things all in one app, then Vlingo might not be for you. However, if you can settle with the most basic features of a personal assistant, then go for it. Vlingo invests highly on its accuracy, especially when searching the internet or giving clear voice commands.
- Maluuba – the real personal assistant
With the Windows 8 layout, Maluuba can nearly do anything – find restaurants, fetch movie times, navigation, social networking, and searching the net. It’s speech recognition may not be perfect, but with how it accurately executes the commands, the Maluuba might be the perfect Siri alternative.
Now, the benefits of having a personal assistant on your smartphone are not only limited to iPhone users, as app manufacturers have found a way to create similar useful applications for the Android market, as well. The good thing is that you also have lots of them to choose from!