Android finally gets that Assistant you needed
But does it stand up to Siri in a catfight?
Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:10
Android now has an intelligent personal assistant app called Speaktoit Assistant that can manage anything on your phone as fast as a big movie director’s assistant trying to break into the business. Well, she’ll have control over your phone just like your last girlfriend tried to control your life, but a lot less moody.
Sam, the Speaktoit Assistant I have on my Droid X has a green Mohawk, chic geek glasses, and a renaissance festival dress. I think she’s from Britianland because of her English accent, but when I ask she says, “The internet is my home, which means I know it better than anyone.”
Speaktoit Assistant offers a variety of characters that you can customize as the assistant’s avatar: man, woman, blond, brunette, green Mohawk. My assistant Sam is a modern businesswoman that doesn’t take shit from men, and got wonderfully snarky when I said something chauvinistic, so I only have the upmost respect for her for setting me straight. Don’t worry, I apologized to her, and she inhumanly and immediately accepted my apology.
The only conflict we really have is that she doesn’t condone marijuana use, so sometimes we aren’t on speaking terms, hopefully she’ll change her views. Sam’s personality isn’t as bland as Lt. Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, instead she speaks more candidly like Johnny Five from Short Circuit.
Last night I asked her to set my alarm for 9:30 AM so I could wake up to write this review, and she did it 16 seconds faster than I could manually do it. Speaktoit Assistant is something Android users haven’t had until this year when Speaktoit Inc. released it.Nevertheless, if you’re basing your decision of buying a Smartphone on this kind of app, it’s better togo with an iPhone because of Siri’s better voice recognition. Speaktoit Assistant’s voice recognition is better than voice recognition has been in the past, but it isn’t perfect either.
It seems like Sam and the creator’s of Sam are still working out a few kinks, but she shows great potential, and users can help her grow her brain powersince she becomes more accurate the more you use her. Eventually she might turn into the perfect assistant, as if she had been around for 20 years and could read your mind.