Iris And Speaktoit Try To Bring Siri To Android

Posted: Oct 18 2011, 2:22pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 18 2011, 2:26pm CDT, in News | Android

Iris and Speaktoit try to bring Siri to Android

The Siri Voice Assistant on the iPhone 4S inspires developers to bring Voice Assistant apps to Android.

Siri on the iPhone 4S is hailed as the beginning of the voice user interface revolution. I am not that impressed. It works, but it takes a lot of getting used to. There is a lot of hype around it and also iPhone 4S users still finding funny Siri answers, but the verdict is still not out if Siri will stay in the center of attention. What is happening though is that Android developers are busy building voice assistants for Android. Below we feature videos demonstrations of two of the Android Siri clones: Iris and Speaktoit.

Iris has its origin in an 8 hour hackathon organized by Dexetra. An improved version just got released on the Android market. You can watch a demo video of Iris below. It is still rather rough, but hey it is a start.

The other app, Speaktoit, seems more polished. The Speaktoit makers told me that downloads of Speaktoit are 12,500 per day right now as Android users want a Siri on their phones. Speaktoit also offers to create an avatar. In addition to just shooting the breeze, Speaktoit’s assistants can: send emails, send texts, look up information, post to Twitter, check you in places, update your Facebook, find news, look up traffic, look up weather, call people, take notes, add things to your calendar, translate foreign languages, help you find nearby places like bars (but not without reminding you to enjoy responsibly…), and tons more. You can watch a demo video of Speaktoit below and download it here.

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