Android users don’t have to envy iPhone 4S users with their new girlfriend named Siri. Tens of thousands of Android users have begun flocking to Speaktoit, a free Android personal assistant app that’s already doing many of the things Siri will start to offer on Friday (and with similar quality for understanding a speaker’s context).
In the past week, Speaktoit downloads have vaulted into the tens of thousands, growing 400% in seven days and adding 3k users a day based (so far) only on word of mouth and rave reviews on the Android Market.
How it’s similar to Siri:
- Natural language : What sets Speaktoit (and presumably Siri) apart is the ability to converse in our human speaking style. The app understands conversational context and isn’t limited to a user’s input of a specific string of keywords. In short, you talk to it like a human, not a robot.
- Functionality: In addition to just shooting the breeze, Speaktoit’s assistants can: send emails, send texts, look up information, post to Twitter, check you in places, update your Facebook, find news, look up traffic, look up weather, call people, take notes, add things to your calendar, translate foreign languages, help you find nearby places like bars and tons more.
How it’s different:
- An avatar with a personality Whereas Siri is a faceless voice, Speaktoit lets you choose (or build) a cartoon avatar to converse with. It’s much more personal and fun (and is quick to throw back the sass if you step out of line with your requests).
- New capabilities added quickly: Speaktoit depends on user suggestions for what to make their personal assistant stable learn next. For example, users wanted the assistant to play music, and the functionality is being rolled out tomorrow.
Speaktoit is currently available for Android but versions for iOS and Blackberry are coming soon.