Apple’s Siri is probably the best known mobile personal assistant there is. Since we’re talking about Apple here, Siri is not coming to other platforms. This doesn’t stop individual developers from making their own Siri alternatives for other platforms. This is exactly what Robin is, a Siri alternative on Android. The beta release is available free of charge, and includes an impressive amount of features. Judging by the reviews and the video seen after the break, I actually think this is more useful than Siri. It even works on Android 2.1+.
Here’s the description of the app:
Meet Robin — your personal eyes-free assistant on the road!
Need assistance while driving, so you can keep your eyes on the road? Need quick answers, without getting bogged down in your phone? That’s what Robin is all about.
You can ask Robin for directions, local places, real-time parking, traffic info, gas prices, weather, your Twitter news and much more. While still a student, Robin is already trained to understand questions and commands in these domains, and she’s constantly learning and adapting to you. She can be both useful and fun, and she’ll call you whatever names you want! Just tap the microphone button, and Robin will be all ears. Even after handing it over to other apps, Robin is still there for you – just “wave hello” twice in front and above the screen (or brush lightly the top brim of your phone).
Skip past the break to see a video of Robin in action.
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