These days, we are talking about nothing else but the immense success of the iPhone 11. Beyond the controversy, which undoubtedly will exist, many people feel particularly interested in two things. 

The first is the quality of photographs taken with the iPhone 11 12MP Ultra-Wide camera. The second is the improvements to Apple’s famous virtual assistant, the so-called Siri. It is not too bad in English, though it’s not immune to mistakes, even funny ones. It remains to be seen how it will work on foreign languages.

Obviously, this list will only contain free applications, avoiding the paid ones like the plague. Why? Because at the present time, there is no real artificial intelligence capable of interpreting voice and responding coherently. 

To tell the truth, even when avoiding audio and dialogue through the written text, semantic interpretation problems emerge. And not even trivial problems. Several blogs are even dedicated to the most absurd answers by Siri. 

In the meantime, to pass the wait, I started browsing Samsung’s Android Market and found 5 applications like Siri, but for Android. Let’s check them out.

Best Alternatives to Siri for Android

  1. Vlingo
  2. Google Voice
  3. Edwin
  4. Speaktoit Assistant
  5. Iris

1. Vlingo

The first application is Vlingo. Weird name, and it’s difficult to fathom what it means, but the program works fine. She is not a handyman assistant, but neither does she set out to be. In other words, it is an application capable of controlling almost all the operations that we can carry out with our voice. 

Fosse will be less sci-fi than Siri, but it can prove to be an important, if not fundamental, tool for those who have to use the phone without hands. Or for anyone with more or less serious vision problems.

2. Google Voice

The second place goes to Google Voice. To be honest, I would be ready to bet on Google as the company that will produce a real alternative to Siri for Android. Why? Because Android is its operating system, and it has many of the best programmers and marketers in the world.

However, it is challenging to consider Google Voice as a mere competitor to Siri. In reality, Google Voice is simply a user interface, like a keyboard or a screen. This app for Android allows you to interpret voice commands and reproduce even complex sentences, but it is absolutely not comparable with artificial intelligence. 

Why is it included on the list then? Because Google Voice relies on other applications to improve its accuracy. You can surf the web, do research, write texts, ask for information through voice commands, and perform all sorts of actions on many of the applications installed on your phone as long as you have Google Voice installed. 

To this we can add a system that allows translation in real-time from one language to another, a method that is very close to the universal translator seen in science fiction films.

3. Edwin

You should also give Edwin a serious look. You can imagine it as an advanced version of Google Voice, with a degree of semantic understanding similar to Siri’s. Indeed, for some things such as weather forecasts or conversions between measurement units, perhaps it deserves a much more positive evaluation. But it can only understand English. Without any foreign language support, it’s inevitable for users to look elsewhere for Siri alternatives.

4. Speaktoit Assistant

This virtual assistant is designed explicitly for Italian users. It’s the lady you see above. Or, better, one of the young ladies, because like any self-respecting secretary, this one too can be chosen as we like. Although this app certainly has the looks, it’s not the primary reason why it stands out. No, it is due to another characteristic of his: the ability to engage in conversation with you.

Talking to an artificial intelligence software can be ridiculous. But we also need to take into account an important aspect: technology progresses quickly, and often at an exponential rather than a linear rate. Well, having said that, a whole series of tests with Speaktoit Assistant shows that this digital assistant learns quickly. This alone should pique your interest and give the app a spin.

5. Iris

This is kind of the dark horse on this list, but Iris has what it takes to be the winner in this race. And if the name sounds familiar to you, the reason is that it’s it is Siri in reverse. I know that it sounds like a cunning marketing ploy to let people know it’s an app like Siri. As soon as you use it, though, the algorithm behind this software will surely impress.

Why do I point this out? Because compared to previous tests, Iris has grown a lot. And considering that it is still in the alpha phase, it’s easy to see how it can still improve in the following months. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time before it gives Siri a run for its money.

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