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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by nextopdoc, May 3, 2013.

  1. nextopdoc

    nextopdoc Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I just switched from iPhone, and I'm wondering if I can get an alternative to siri assistant for android? If so, which ones are the best?


  2. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Google now is better than siri! :cool:

    Other than that, theres samsung s voice, or many others available from the play store.
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  3. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Extreme Android User

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  4. angela834

    angela834 Lurker

    I use samsung s voice.
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  5. nextopdoc

    nextopdoc Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thanks everyone!
  6. nextopdoc

    nextopdoc Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I will look into it, thanks.
  7. Patory

    Patory Lurker

    I also believe that Google drove siri.
  8. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Can you expand on that?
  9. oleb84

    oleb84 Android Enthusiast

    S Voice is awful!

    Does Google Now have voice recognition?
  10. RazzMaTazz

    RazzMaTazz Android Expert

    I don't care about the novelty of Siri's cute answers to questions like, "What's the meaning of life?" And I don't need the phone to talk to me. So I just use Android's built-in Google Voice Search to ask real questions (like "What is the distance to the sun in miles?") or to perform real tasks (like "Navigate to Radio Shack in Sunnyvale" or "Set an alarm for 8 AM," or "Find a Thai restaurant," or "Listen to Rolling Stones", "Call John Smith at home", "Text Jane Doe", "Email Joe Blow," etc.

    Some people recommended using "Google Now" but I think that's officially called "Google Search" and is also built-into Android. I have both Google Search and Google Voice Search on my phone, but they're basically the same. The only difference is that Google Search offers a long, thin icon (1 x 4) widget with a space for text entry on the left side and a small microphone button on the right side. If you tap the small microphone button, it activates Google Voice Search. Google Voice Search just puts a bigger (1x1) icon on the desktop. For me, it's easier to hit the bigger Google Voice Search microphone icon on the desktop-- especially when driving a car or something. Since I almost never type a question or command (because talking is so much faster), I keep Google Voice Search on my home screen and I keep the Google Search widget on a side screen.

    But I should note that on many Android phones (at least the older ones like mine) there is a physical search button (with a magnifying glass symbol) on the front panel. Short-pressing that button essentially invokes Google Search. And long-pressing that button invokes Google Voice Search. So one could argue that it's foolish to waste screen real-estate on the Google Voice Search and Google Search icons if you have a physical search button. (But I always forget to use the physical button, and for me it's easier to tap the Voice Search icon when the phone is mounted in my car and I'm driving.)

    It should be noted that the personal assistant apps that are always on listening for your commands are also always therefore draining more battery.
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  11. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

  12. tcat007

    tcat007 Android Expert

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  13. omnius

    omnius Android Enthusiast

    Google Now.
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  14. cleggie

    cleggie Lurker

    google now is great.better than s voice and all others.
    i have tried them all
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  15. ardchoille

    ardchoille Android Expert

    Another vote for Google Now. The first time I used it, I spoke "how do I get home?", and Google Now opened a map with driving directions. I have also used it to find conversions (how many cups in a gallon?), and this allowed me to uninstall two apps.
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  16. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Android Expert

    as said Google Now/Google Search are excellent, but for a more Siri like experience with a ton of customization options try Utter

    play store:

    or the latest version from the developer Ben Randall on XDA (see post #4040):

    The most flexible and customizable assistant app on android. The XDA version has more features enabled like bluetooth headset support and read notifications!

    combined with app like Wolfram alpha for science and maths questions, and Tasker for true automation, Utter is more functional than any assistant app I have tried (and I have tried most of them including Jeanie, Assistant, Iris, Andy, Jarvis etc. etc.) Utter allows you to link these apps and others so you can use their functionality in Utter, and you can define your own commands and phrases/responses.
  17. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    Google Now is only available with Jelly Bean, is this correct?

    Using my phone which is mostly Ginger Bread and I'm not seeing it. But with the tablet, which is now JB, I can access it.
  18. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Yes, 4.1+
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