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Do we need any introduction to Siri? The whole of Internet is still buzzing about Siri and made jokes about her (?) since the daylaunched exactly a month ago on October 4, 2011. While Apple failed to impress me with iPhone 4S hardware, they very well managed to get an upper-hand by bringing Siri to this world.
Android developers would never like to surrender to Apple’s success in such cases and may be that hit like an inspiration, Android app developers worked on bringing similar feature on Android devices. They very well succeeded in their efforts.
You like surprises! Then here it is…
As of now there are about FIVE Siri alternatives available on Android Market like, Speaktoit Assistant, AQ (Siri for Android), Skyvi, Iris and Jeannie. Not all of them support Honeycomb tablets like Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola Xoom and HTC Flyer.
Iris (reverse spelled as Siri) and Speaktoit Assistant are my favorites so far.
Just browse through using page numbers above and below this post to see, how Speaktoit Assistant is a good Siri alternative for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, other Honeycomb Tablets and Android powered mobiles.
What is Speaktoit Assistant?
Talking buddy for your smartphone. Answers questions, performs tasks, notifies. Speaktoit Assistant is a virtual buddy for your Android device that uses natural language technology to answer questions, find information, launch apps and connect you with various web services, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and many others. The Assistant works with your smartphone to get maps, search for news and images, look up weather reports, convert currency and measurements, send email, and much more.
It is possible to dial, send text message, email to your contacts and write Evernotes too.
Speaktoit Assistant was not compatible with Samsung Galaxy Tab few days, but its developers have worked on it quite well and now it supports it. Which means you can also try this on other Honeycomb tablets as mentioned earlier.
So, Download and install Speaktoit Assistant from Android Market.
Once installed, you can find this app as ‘Assistant’ on the applications menu. Make sure you’re connected to Internet either using WiFi or 3G.
Open ‘Assistant’ using its icon or long tap on Search button to open Assistant.
You shall see a prompt to choose TTS (Text To Speech) engine. Select ‘Samsung TTS’. I liked this one because it fits very well with my accent, giving about 95% accuracy. However, you can always try other options as available on your device.
Speak whatever you want to ask, using a Microphone or type using a keyboard. I asked few questions to this new assistant and trust me, the results were at-par with Siri.
Sometimes, she took little more time to get an answer or sometimes, I got an unexpected answer but that’s fair enough as long as it is still under development. Not to forget, it’s FREE.
Check out these images below.
Speaktoit Assistant Demo Video
As you could see, Speaktoit assistant is a thoughtfully created app to take on Siri for iPhone. Developers of this app are continuously improving it so that Android users will never have to miss what iPhone already has.
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Speaktoit Assistant is under development since long time and the video above was uploaded on YouTube in late March 2011, which means full six months before we were introduced to Siri 🙂
There could be different opinions & debates when it comes to comparison between Siri and Speaktoit but the fact is, Android users don’t need to upgrade their devices for getting this newly popular feature.
Speaktoit Assistant has a face to look at, with appearance that can be customized to whatever you like. You can download it from Android Market here.
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