Top Voice Command Apps for Your Android Phone
Since the publication of this article, Google Voice Search has emerged as the best and most-used voice command app for Android. It doesn't speak back to you like Siri, but searches and follows commands just as well. The following is a list of alternatives to Google Voice Search.
Skyvi is one of the most highly rate voice apps on Google Play right now. Skyvi is a free app that allows you to access Facebook and Twitter and has a wide range of information about nutrition and local businesses. Many users have commented that Skyvi’s performance matches that of Siri, the only downside is that Skyvi drains your battery quickly so make sure to have your phone charged up.
Like Siri, Vlingo allows you to update your status on Facebook, Twitter and check in with Foursquare. Tell it to buy movie tickets or book hotel rooms. The one hitch is that Vlingo has a tough time recognizing longer, more complex commands.
Speaktoit Assistant is a free virtual buddy that answers questions, finds information, launches apps and connects you with various web services, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Evernote, and many others. You can also customize your Speaktolt assistant’s appearance.
Andy is a response to Siri’s ability to look things up online and answer general questions. Andy has both a free version and $2.99 version and can access encyclopedic information covering culture and arts, biographies, geography and just about anything, which is perfect for settling those little arguments that need a quick fact-check.
Another Siri competitor is Voice Actions Plus. With Voice Actions, you can send emails, voice-dial their contacts, set alarms, reminders, and listen to music automatically. The one drawback is that the app only responds to simple phrases, while longer commands don’t register.
Another highly rated voice control app is Dragon Go. It gives you access to sites like Ask.com, YouTube, ESPN, LiveNation, OpenTable, and Pandora internet radio. Most users like Dragon Go for its accuracy and its ability to recognize most questions.
Robin is an app that is currently in Beta. What’s great about this app is that you can contribute your feedback to help Robin improve. To activate Robin once you’ve downloaded it, all you have to do is wave twice in front of the upper edge of your phone (some phones require you to brush/tap it slightly). Robin is great with directions, real-time parking, traffic, gas prices, setting reminders, texting people, Twitter news, Yelp and so much more.
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