From what I have read about Siri for the Apple iPhone, this intelligent assistant has received rave reviews and accolades. Siri provides an interactive communication between user and software that is being described as part artificial intelligence and part speech recognition rolled into one package. Siri responds to the user’s input and attempts to carry on a semi-conversation based on replies supplied by a database of information.

Using Siri as a model, I wandered on over to Google’s Android Market of applications to see if I could find any applications that could mimic Siri. I found three applications that I believe are close to what Siri offers but may lack the polished feel and response of Siri itself. I have not used Siri, but knowing Apple and its high requirements on feature rich software, this is a safe assumption on my part to make.

Two of the software options, Edwin and Speaktoit, actually carry on a conversation with the user. A third application called VLingo only provides speech recognition capabilities. Both Edwin and Speaktoit provided useful information and basic responses to my input, but it was VLingo that I chose to use on my phone and here are the reasons why.

Both Edwin and Speaktoit are full featured and include voice response to your input; I found this annoying. I had to wait each time I wanted to find or search something, while the speech software replied with a synthesized voice. Though this would be great to amaze your friends with this parlor trick, it slowed me down when I was trying to do anything like send text, search the Web, or send email.

VLingo is my kind of a program in that the speech recognition is great, the program responds quickly to your input, and basically provides the functions that most of us would use with the frills. I have always preferred basic software that gets the job done without the added features that I did not like nor want.

I would highly recommend you give VLingo a try on your Android phone.

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