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Siri for Android: 5 alternative virtual assistants that you can use

When Siri was launched on iOS, it was the hottest topic in the world of technology. Google's voice search soon caught up with (and super) Siri. However, Google Now has never been as interactive as Siri, which can be both a positive and a negative case: Siri can sometimes be too talkative, which made the subject of a series of invectives on the Internet. So if you want a Siri-like virtual assistant on your Android device, here are 5 Siri alternatives for Android that you can try:

1. Google Assistant

Google introduced Google Assistant with its "Allo" messaging app. Hence, it has been deeply integrated with Android 7.1 on Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Obviously, phones are much more successful for them, but the Assistant was the talking point, and for good reason. The Google Assistant simply the best assistant in circulation. Easily mark Siri in any way possible. Google Assistant can easily manage simple queries related to time and time: of course. However, touch on them context-based queries and executes some of the best context changes I've ever seen.

You can also use the Google Assistant to set reminders, call or send SMS and much more . All the bells and whistles you would expect from an intelligent assistant are present in the Google Assistant. You can use it for check the settings of your Android device (brightness, Bluetooth, etc.) and very natural voice feedback. So natural, in fact, that you wonder how they did it. Congratulations to Google for a job well done.

The Google Assistant currently only available for Google Pixel devices, but you can use an alternative solution to run it on almost all Android devices running Nougat. As long as it's not available for other devices, you can use Google Now, which is almost as good as Google Assistant, and works perfectly.

2. Cortana

Cortana the Microsoft virtual assistant, available on Android for a long time. There are two versions of the assistant in the Play Store: the release version and an early access beta version. The Vocal recognition of Cortana it works very well and the assistant can easily get weather results for you. However, he didn't seem to want to have time for me. If I asked her to "Tell me the time", she would simply have done a Bing search and produced some videos and things I don't care about.

It's not all bad news, though. The assistant can easily set reminders, call people and send text messages. Also do context-based searcheshowever, it can only remember context up to one level. Honestly, normally I would be fine with a context level, but Google Assistant has set the level too high now.

Cortana cannot control or change the system settings on your Android device, so you won't be able to use it to change the brightness of the screen or control Bluetooth and other settings. The Pretty good Cortana's voice feedback, although not quite as natural as that of Google.

Download Cortana on the Play Store (free)

3. Assistant

Formerly known as SpeakToIt Assistant, the assistant has one great precision in recognizing speech. Can retrieve the results of the time and tell you the time. The weather results support the context, so you can ask "How the weather?", Then ask "and for tomorrow?", And the assistant knows what you mean. Points for this, because Cortana can't handle it.

It can also set reminders for you, call people and send text messages if you ask for it. However, (and this surprised me) it does not seem to support context-based queries . It was strange, because it surely understood the context when I talked about time. The Assistant cannot control system settings and extremely artificial voice feedback.

Download Assistant on the Play Store (free)

4. Indigo Virtual Assistant

Another virtual assistant with great voice recognition capabilities: Indigo Virtual Assistant can easily manage weather conditions and weather queries. Unlike Cortana, it also includes context-based weather requests . Cortana really should recover.

Indigo Virtual Assistant can set reminders for you and can call people or send text messages, if you ask, that's good. Oddly, the assistant doesn't seem to support the context. funny, because it once again supports context in weather related queries. Strange.

I wasn't expecting it, but the assistant can control brightness and other system settings for you. So, more points for this. We officially crossed the finish line in assistants with really terrible vocal feedback, and extremely artificial vocal feedback in Indigo something I would like them to work a little more on.

Download Indigo Virtual Assistant on the Play Store (free)

5. Utter

Utter another virtual assistant that you can use on your Android devices. He has fairly decent accuracy with speech recognition, and he got my speech right, almost 90% of the time, which isn't bad at all, but not as good as the others on this list. Utter can get the time for you and tell you the time. However, don't do context-based weather research for you.

You can't use Utter to set reminders, but possible use it for call people or send text messages . It also doesn't support context-based queries and cannot control system settings for your Android device. The voice feedback provided by the assistant is also very artificial, and not at all good to listen to, a problem made even worse by Utter, because does not show results on the screen . He speaks them only.

Download Utter on the Play Store (free)

Do you want Siri for Android? Check out these alternatives

While Siri isn't available for Android, and probably never will, these virtual assistants can get the job done. The Google Assistant, in fact, is actually much more effective than Siri has ever been. If it were deeply integrated into iOS, I would gladly trade Siri for Google Assistant on my iPhone. Unfortunately, Apple doesn't allow apps to do this.

So what are your thoughts on the current state of virtual assistants? Who do you think is winning the virtual assistants' war with AI. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.