All that Star Trek technology is actually coming to be a reality. First we had a touchscreen device that continues to rule the world now. And now, we’ve got really smart personal assistants. The iPad and the Siri and wonderful things from Apple and they’ve set a benchmark in the way people design things.
I’m quite excited about the personal assistant apps and the market in general because that’s where cutting-edge artificial intelligence turns into practical stuff that can be used in normal life. To that extent, we’ve got a ton of personal assistant apps for the iPhone/iOS devices out there.
Siri really fulfills everything when it comes to smart assistance. However, we do know that there are alternatives and depending on your liking and requirement, these could be smarter than Siri.
So here we go. These are some of the best personal assistant apps you can get your hands on right away.
Speaktoit is an advanced personal assistant that works very similar to Siri. The app can send messages, make calls, search and open websites, find places of interest, read news, get weather data and do almost every little thing that a personal assistant app does. Speaktoit also features excellent calendar and task handling. It also boasts of a translate feature.
#2. Google Now
Google’s omnipresence is kind of exemplified with this particular tool called Google Now: which pools data from various Google services that you use, including Gmail, Calendars, Maps, Search, YouTube etc. and provides information that it thinks you need right now. Google Now has been often made to compete with Siri and if you ask me, it does good.
Some of us do feel the Big Brother effect with Google Now running and monitoring things but if you’re comfortable with it, this can be as smart a personal assistant app can get.
(Google Now is not an app but comes built right in with Google Search).
Quite a while back, we reviewed EasilyDo and frankly, if you’re all about moderation in how much data an app accesses and knows, EasilyDo is the way to go. The app isn’t exhaustively smart as Siri or Google Now are but it sure gets things done with reminders, automatic message send-outs etc.
EasilyDo is a safer app to hang on to than other data-hungry tools that we find on the internet.
24me, rated as one of the top 10 productivity apps on App Store, is a clear-cut way to manage your day. It doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles but it sure knows its way. 24Me works great for reminders, data and sending messages and microgifts to your friends on their birthdays and anniversaries.
#5. Voice Assistant
Voice Assistant is a virtual assistant that helps you with stuff like searching for things on Google, get directions, get weather data etc. Voice Assistant is quite a power-packed assistant with a lot of features including great language support. It almost accurately parses your speech (to text) and this text can be used in a variety of ways. You can post to Twitter or Facebook, share the text to Pages, Evernote, Dropbox etc., or have the phrase looked up in Google or YouTube.
Evi isn’t a full-fledge personal assistant but it can handle a lot of your questions and find out answers quickly. Maps, locations, POIs, answers to general knowledge questions: Evi handles these things. While being a simplified app, Evi can also send messages to your friends so that’s the bit where it begins to act like a personal assistant. And it works pretty well.