Siri Alternatives for Android

I love my android phone, but I have to admit, I get a little jealous when I see my friends chatting it up with Siri on their iPhones. While the real Siri competitor is Google Now, there are quite a few other voice assistants on the market that will ease your Siri induced envy.


Skyvi can find local businesses and help you navigate to them.
Skyvi can find local businesses and help you navigate to them. | Source

Skyvi

Skyvi is my personal favorite android voice assistant currently available on the market. Although she cannot add events to my calendar or set my alarm, she is witty and fun to converse with. She also offers many convenient features.

It is important to use the settings feature to fully appreciate this application. There are many options to help mold your Skyvi experience to fit your needs. The SMS Countdown Timer allows you to manually send outgoing texts through Skyvi. I find this function helpful because I can approve my text messages before they are sent. Sometimes Skyvi can make mistakes and you don't want to send weird messages to your friends. (Or maybe you do?!) If you would rather Skyvi send the texts without you pressing a button, you can set the countdown speed to either 5 or 10 seconds. Skyvi can also speak incoming texts which can be extremely helpful when you are unable to look at your phone, e.g., when you are driving.

Skyvi loves social networking! You can add your Facebook and Twitter accounts to Skyvi. This enables you to post status updates with your voice as well as have Skyvi read new updates to you.

Skyvi will check the local weather for you as well as find local businesses. She can even tell you how far away the moon is! Skyvi is updated frequently and I believe that this application will keep getting better and better over time.

Try her out, and while you are at it ask her to tell you about her favorite food.

Pros
Cons
Free
Unable to add events to calendar
Checks local weather
Unable to set alarm
Read/Reply text messages
Doesn't always understand user
Gets directions
Unable to open apps
Has personality
 
Tells jokes
 
Learns your name
 
Checks Facebook/Twitter
 
Answers general questions
 
Has hands-free mode
 
Skyvi has personality and often replies with witty remarks.
Skyvi has personality and often replies with witty remarks. | Source
Eva may not tell jokes, but she has a lot of other useful features.
Eva may not tell jokes, but she has a lot of other useful features. | Source

Eva - Virtual Assistant

Eva has so many features that it is impossible to cover them all. Eva is perfect for you if you want a virtual assistant that will make your life easier rather than someone to chat with. She comes with a full online manual to help make her more user-friendly. This application has a lot of possibilities, but you need to have the time to read her manual in order to have the best possible experience with her.

I recommend installing the free trial version before purchasing the $10.00 app. There is a bit of a learning curve with using Eva. There are a multitude of settings that you can modify to help Eva better suit you. For example, if her vacant stare starts to creep you out, you can turn her picture off. She has a lot of features as well that you will want to play around with as you get the hang of the application, e.g, setting up a wake up phrase.

Eva's response time to speech recognition seems slower than that of other applications. You have to first wait for the speak bubble to turn green before you can begin talking. After speaking to Eva, she always lists a variety of different possible interpretations. She then picks the most likely interpretation from the list. While it is nice that she wants to make sure she is translating the user correctly, this process seems to take longer than other virtual assistants. As she begins to learn your voice though, she will have less and less interpretations to choose from and begin to be much quicker with her responses.

Pros
Cons
Free trial for a month
Price: $10.00
Location based reminders
Response time
Wake up phrase
Lacks personality
Open applications
Can activate from pocket
Read/Reply Text Messages
Learning curve
Activate by shaking phone
 
Activate by holding device to ear
 
Opens emails
 
Silent Mode
 
Integrates Facebook
 
Set Alarm
 
Loads web pages/bookmarks
 
Add events to calendar
 
Call someone
 
Can change contact data
 
Answers general questions
 
Create journal entries
 
Create expense reports
 
Gets "smarter" as you use it
 
Gets directions
 
Checks local weather
 
Male version - Evan
 
Vlingo can answer general questions.
Vlingo can answer general questions. | Source

Vlingo Virtual Assistant

Vlingo Virtual Assistant has a quick response time and speech recognition is impressive. It tends to go straight to google when it doesn't know the answer to a question though. For example, asking "What is the weather like today?" will transfer you to a google search page. This tendency to turn many requests into a google search can begin to get annoying.

Vlingo does not automatically read back its answers (unless you are in "InCar" mode). Vlingo's response will be displayed on the screen and you must press "Read" for the response to be read audibly back to you.

Vlingo's greatest feature is its "InCar" mode. This mode allows hands-free capabilities such as calling contacts, sending text messages, checking messages and Emails, and getting directions. While is lacks the wit of Skyvi and the features of Eva, Vlingo's remarkable speech recognition makes its hands-free features stand out above the rest.


Pros
Cons
Free
Unable to check weather
Send text messages
Unable to set alarm
Call someone
Lacks personality
Find businesses
Unable to add events to calendar
Search
 
Update social networks
 
InCar mode
 
Answer general questions
 
Opens Apps
 
Gets Directions
 
Hear incoming messages
 
Twitter/Facebook Integration
 

If you want your best friend in your pocket, Skyvi is the app for you. If you are looking for a personal assistant to help you manage your life, Eva may be your best option. If your main focus is on hands-free capabilities while driving, Vlingo would suit you well. Each application is worth trying as they all have their own set of positives and negatives.

No matter which option you choose, each app will make you feel important enough to have a personal assistant to boss around. Now, if only we could download our own J.A.R.V.I.S...

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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

You missed a few

AVX -- Android Voice Xtreme, successor to EVA

SpeaktoIt Assistant

Iris (Siri backwards)

And many more.


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Choxy 4 years ago Author

I know, I only reviewed my favorites. There are way too many apps to review in one hub!


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kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

Are you *sure*? My Android review hubs have way more. :D Write a part 2!

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