A little while back, Apple released the iPhone 4s and along with it came Siri. Siri is described to be a personal assistant on your phone. Basically, you talk to Siri and it does what you tell it to do. It can answer questions, tell you the weather, and even send text messages along with a myriad of other things. From what I have seen, Siri looks to be an amazing app. I have to admit that Apple has raised the bar with this one which is a great thing for Android users. To stay competitive, Android developers will have to come up with something that is at least as good, if not better than Siri. Luckily, developers have already begun working on Siri clones and have come up with a couple applications that look pretty good. I have tested five of the most promising applications, they are being judged on accuracy of results https://tipandroid.com/, speed and appearance. Here are the results of The Hunt for Android’s Version of Siri:
1. Andy – This app was very disappointing. It felt very unrefined and clunky. Answers to questions came slow if they came at all. The appearance of the app was lacking as well which was topped off with an on screen ad. I do not recommend wasting your time on this app. Overall Score – 38/100
2. Skyvi – This is another disappointing app that shares a lot of the same problems as Andy. Skyvi had a lot of inaccurate results on top of a confusing and frustrating interface. The app is also unattractive to put it mildly. Overall Score – 44/100
3. Iris – Surprisingly this app did not score as well as I would have thought. It has a nice clean interface that reacted quickly when prompted. Iris also has a good personality programed into it. Unfortunately, its results were fairly inaccurate and it’s functionality was limited. The app is still in it’s early stages and I expect it to be a formidable opponent to Siri within it’s next couple updates. Overall Score – 59/100
4. Speaktoit Assistant – Of the Siri clones I tested, Speaktoit was the best performing and most accurate app. It has a highly customizable UI that looks great and operates near flawlessly with one huge exception. The voice recognition interface only worked about 50% of the time. I’m not sure if the problem was specific to my device or not but this was a deal breaker for me. Looking past the voice recognition bug, this app is awesome however, it is just not on par with Siri yet. Maybe the future will be a little brighter for Speaktoit Assistant but as for now, the developers certainly have more work to do. Overall Score – 81/100
5. Vlingo – Vlingo is different from the other Siri clones tested here, mainly because it’s not a Siri clone. If anything, Apple got it’s ideas for Siri from Vlingo. Vlingo is a highly polished, well made app that does what it is intended to do proficiently. Although it uses a lot of voice recognition, Vlingo is not capable of conversing, but it was not designed to do that. It can send texts, emails, perform searches and tell you the weather but don’t expect to hear any corny jokes from it. If you are really in the market for a personal assistant that relies heavily on voice input than this is your best bet. If you learn its commands and utilize its functionality than this app will be a real time saver.
This test has shown that Android does not have a viable answer for Siri yet, but it will come. I think that if we are ever to see a personal assistant app that’s better than Siri, Google will have to put it’s own develepors to work. As for now, Speaktoit Assistant and Vlingo are your two best bets depending on your preferences. Try them out and see what fits your needs, they are free from the market as well as the other apps tested. Also, click the link to find more Android app reviews and tips. Thanks for reading!