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Top 5 Alternatives to Siri for older iOS and Android Devices

Apple iPhone 4s Siri App

There have been lot of attempts to replicate the functions of the Siri Application since it’s launch along the iPhone 4S. Here are few examples that have come pretty close as compared to Siri’s performance.

1.EVY for iOS And Android

Evy is a mobile search product developed by True Knowledge and is available on the Android Market and iOS App Store. Evi features both voice and text input methods and provides local information for both the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The application features a few impressive features such as one-tap word typing which gives suggestions of words you might want to help the user build a sentence faster. True Knowledge have also given Evi the ability to adapt and learn from users which will allow ‘her’ to give users more personalized feedback.

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Evy is basically has one of the abilities if Siri and it cannot access or modify the calender or set up appointments and right now it doesn’t have a large area coverage.

2. ERSA for iOS

‘Experimental Speech Response Application’ or ERSA attempts to offer SIRI like Functions but doesn’t has the same accuracy Siri has in recognizing different accents and long sentences, But Siri is a Apple product and the guys behind ERSA do not have such resources.

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ERSA is avialable through Cydia, for which you will have to jailbreak your iOS device. In the Cydia App just search ERSA and you should be good to go.

3. Dragon Go! for Android and iOS

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The Developers Nuance Communications of Siri build this App!

With Dragon Go! you can do more in less time like buy movie tickets as you walk into the theater, go shopping at local boutiques while you wait for your nails to dry, settle a bet at the breakfast table on the square root of Pi, or plan and invite guests to that night’s happy hour – all with just one ask of Dragon Go!

From the Android Market

So how does Dragon Work?

For example:
You say….
“Show times for Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Dragon Go! delivers you directly to Fandango.com featuring showtimes for your local theaters. The Dragon CarouselTM also enables you to compare results on IMDB, Twitter, and Rotten Tomatoes to get you all the need-to-know information for that movie!

Or say, ‘What are the planes flying overhead?’ and get up-to-the-minute information from Wolfram|Alpha on all the flights currently crossing over your location.

Download Dragon Go! [Market Link]

*Those of you outside the US will be disappointed to know that Dragon Go! is US-only at the moment. However, seasoned Android enthusiasts know that there is a way: if you have a rooted Android smartphone, you can install an app like Market Enabler [Market Link] and sort of fool Market into thinking that your device is in US. Just be sure to choose USA T-Mobile when you launch it!


**Dragon Go! does not support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, yet.

Please note, for optimal performance we recommend and support Dragon Go! for Android OS v 2.1 through 2.3.7 using the native Android Media Player. Support for Android 4.0+ is on it’s way!

From the Android Market

4. Sara for iOS

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A Vietnamese dev team has produced a new and probably the improved version of Siri. According to the developers not only can this software perform all the functions Siri can but it can also be trained by the users to perform new actions.

The Creators of Sara are calling it “open” brain, allowing those who know how to can create plug-ins for special commands. The good news about this new Applications is that it can work in many different countries and is available in more than 37 languages. And all this and much more has been done in a Months time.

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All you need to do is add the following repository to your Cydia source list: http://isoftjsc.com and download the version specific to your device. But to do that you need to have Cydia for which you need to Jailbreak your device

5. Speaktoit Assistant for iOS and Android

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Speaktoit was launched onto the Android Marketplace in October 2011 and has already amassed over 1.4 million downloads gaining an average 4.5 user rating, the app was also named as a Top Ten Android App of 2011 by the New York Times.

The Applications functions as a virtual buddy for the iPhone and iPod touch which uses natural language processing to complete tasks such as answering questions, looking up information, displaying maps, interacting with web services and converting things like currency and measurements.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

The Application is FREE on iTunes for temporary time, Download Speaktoit on the App Store  now, the usual pricing is around 1.99$.