Apple has Siri, Android gets Iris

iPhone 4S users are boasting about the ability to speak to their phones and the ability of their handsets to speak back to them. This new feature may have left a few Android users, dare I say, envious of their iOS counterparts. Google’s Andy Rubin at AsiaD said that smartphone users should talk to people and not their handsets basically making fun of Apple’s new Siri software. However, a bunch of Android developers named Dexetra have created ‘Iris,’ an Android version of the highlighted feature of the iPhone 4S.

Siri, your competition has just arrived!

Siri, your competition has just arrived!


According to a blog post by the development team, “It started out as a lazy Friday with half our team missing, the influx of tweets and posts on the "Awesome Siri" were flying everywhere. Suddenly, I got the urge to do something similar for Android. Since we have been working on NLP and Machine learning for over a year now, I had a crazy belief that I could pull this off. Somehow I managed to write a tiny engine that could answer your questions, digging the results from the web.” The developers took just 6 to 8 hours to get this app up and running.

Iris is Siri in reverse and no need for guesses it is inspired from iPhone 4S’ feature. This new feature is available in the Android Market for free and the developers say, “Gone are the days when you "Google searched" for information. Just "ask" iris. She will talk to you on any topic. Ranging from Philosophy, Culture, History, science to general conversation.” However to allow this app to work, one must have Voice Search as well as TTS library installed on their handset. Most Android devices have this ability preinstalled, however if not, one can download it from the Android Market. Here is a video below of Iris performing at her or rather his best.



Published Date: Oct 25, 2011 09:51 am | Updated Date: Oct 25, 2011 09:51 am