You may think that certain fruit-centric OS systems have the monopoly on voice control technology, but while Siri gets all the press coverage and apologises very politely when he can’t do something/find something/completely mangles your dictation, his Android alternative, Alice, doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘sorry’.
From developers YourApp24, Artificial Intelligent Voice Control (AIVC) is a free app that puts Alice right at your disposal, a biometrically controlled personal assistant that, far from just following basic commands, can follow instructions, answer questions and even provide you with some semblance of a two-way conversation… if you’re really that lonely.
Open the app, touch the microphone icon and speak – Alice can assist you with calls, take your SMS and email, offer you translation services, navigate you in the right direction (and not just in the US), set your alarm, give you the latest weather report and, with permissions that poor Siri doesn’t share, search images and launch apps.
Quick to respond, Alice easily located my nearest pub, she apparently does think there is a God, she knows who developed her, and when she does mishear you – “How do you make scrambled eggs” interpreted as “How do you make some legs” – she informs you in her no-nonsense tone that she is not sure she can “quantify the answer”, which is fair enough as I don’t think I could either.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Having toyed extensively with the Apple equivalent and found him largely lacking due to his access limitations and inability to launch other apps, although Alice is prone to many of the same ‘lost in translation’ issues as Siri, her accuracy hit rate is excellent by comparison. And as she’s always learning, the more you use her, the smarter, quicker and better she’ll get.
Current version: 1.9.1
Requires Android 2.2 and up