“Siri” has been a wonderful companion for preoccupied individuals who can’t seem to jot down a few entries on their planner or smartphone. Apple’s digital assistant has been making waves and has seen a few rivals for the Android, though it’s not made by Google.
But Google has been trying to vault in the digital assistant wars as early as last year. And things are starting to look bright since the Siri launch can be launched by the end of this year. Though this is not yet certain and can still be moved, the possibility of it coming out is still good news.
Reports have it that the company is working on Artificial Intelligent technology named ‘Google Assistant’.
The developing team is trying to create a voice powered ‘do-engine’. This will be powered by Google’s own search engine, Google+ and Google +1. But rumors have it that this Assistant will not be a standalone app.
“Siri” has had millions of minions and the number is still growing. With a lot of individuals deciding on purchasing the iPhone due to “Siri”, Android is trying to push the pace to release their own version of the app.
Well, we’ll just have to wait and see. This is a make or break for Google.
So not exactly a big fan of Apple products but you want to get a hold of Apple’s latest digital assistant Siri? Look no further.
Android lovers can have a “Siri-like” app installed on their smartphones as an alternative to the iPhone 4S version. In fact, according to Taylor Wimberley of Android and Me, Google is developing their own version of Siri, it is called the Majel.
Well, here are some apps that you can install in your Android devices to imitate Siri’s likeness.
Iris – It’s Siri spelled backward. This was the first app created to compete with Siri. It has been downloaded about a million times since it was launched. The app has received fairly good reviews from users but it still has a lot of things to improve on.
Vlingo – This app has received critical acclaim from both Wall Street Journal and CNet. These reviews were written two years back. They say that this is “the original”. This app easily understands European accents way better than Siri which finds it rather difficult to understand other accents.
Skyvi – This app is advertising itself as “Siri for Android”. It has better reviews compared to Iris. One reviewer even commented that Skyvi “holds a conversation better than Siri.” Unfortunately, one down side of this app is that it does not allow you to send text messages or make phone calls using only your voice.
Apple’s digital assistant Siri, has garnered praises and a few jeers both from its followers and detractors. One thing is certain, Siri has made a believer out of most if not all of us.
But with Siri’s success comes a few individuals who would want to have the technology in their Androids. More than a handful of developers have started to create their own version of Siri in their existing Androids.
Although gadgets running on Google’s Android technology have the capability of voice control, what separates Siri is that it has found a way to improve the technology by leaps and bounds. The responsiveness of compared to that of the Android is far more faster and the ability to pick up your voice command with just a single prompt is outstanding.
Siri’s popularity tends to have a spill-off in their rivals developers. One Android app was banned by Google branding itself as Siri for Android. This said app was downloaded 1000 times before Google prohibited individuals to download the application.
SlashGear reported that at least a couple of Android developers have teamed up to create an app just like Siri. It’s being developed by Dextera and is called, hold your breath, Iris. The latter is teaming up with rival Chacha to develop a huge information database for their app. Chacha already has a large database that gives its users the ability to just type queries and get answers through the net.