Siri alternatives

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    Nov 15, 2011 12:42 PM GMT
    Having a fairly new iPhone 4 I didn't want to trade it in but love the idea of Siri. After doing some reaserch I found that Siri was actually originally an app and found two similiar ones.
    There is Voice Actions that is great but you only get 300 commands for the 5 bucks you pay for it and then you have to pay again.
    Vlingo seems to work O.K and it's free but doesn't talk and you need to manually do some stuff that makes it seem kinda redundant (sp).
    Some people claim you can put Siri on your iphone 4 but I really didn't want to jail break or screw up my phone.
    Anybody know of any other apps like this out there?
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    Nov 15, 2011 1:22 PM GMT
    I don't really get the need for Siri.

    What, has it become too much physical work to actually thumb through your Safari now??icon_rolleyes.gif




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    Nov 15, 2011 1:43 PM GMT
    For me its more about hands free driving etc and love the reminders.
    Thanks for the comparison though and nice new jock btw.
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    Nov 15, 2011 1:44 PM GMT
    Huh. Thought this was an anthropometry thread... but no.

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    Nov 15, 2011 1:54 PM GMT
    pm_83 saidHuh. Thought this was an anthropometry thread... but no.

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    Nov 15, 2011 1:57 PM GMT
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    pm_83 saidHuh. Thought this was an anthropometry thread... but no.

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    Nov 15, 2011 1:59 PM GMT
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    S60turbo said
    pm_83 saidHuh. Thought this was an anthropometry thread... but no.

    Disappointment tastes like adipose.


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    Nov 15, 2011 3:10 PM GMT
    Android developers came up with an alpha version of an app providing the same functionality within a day of Siri being released. They had it in the market briefly but then took it out again. I have not checked to see if it is back.

    I would like the ability to hear and dictate texts hands-free while driving, but I'm not sure Siri even does that, does it?
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    Nov 15, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    Yes it does as well as the Voice Action app
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    Nov 15, 2011 4:44 PM GMT
    Voice command apps have been around way before Siri I wouldnt consider them to be an alternative just because of how much more complex Siri is. Siri can follow up conversation, it doesnt require specific commands, learns from experience and it has the ability to be integrated within 3rd party apps. Also Siri is only in Beta
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    Nov 15, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite saidI don't really get the need for Siri.

    What, has it become too much physical work to actually thumb through your Safari now??

    When Apple came out with the mouse, the PC fans made fun of it as a toy.
    When Apple came out with GUI, the PC industry en mass said it was stupid and inefficient.
    When they introduced the small 3.5 floppy to replace the larger 5.25 floppies, this was mocked as style over substance.
    That was a long time ago, and there has been similar reaction to just about every innovation from Apple.

    I agree with you with you that people are starting to resemble those in Wall-e, but I personally would keep Siri and do away with cars for daily transport. Install proper sidewalks, and encourage people to live in walkable neighborhoods in urban areas with great public transportation and biking.
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    Nov 15, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    I tried the previous iteration of "voice commands" for a couple of days. It was mostly useful as entertainment. No matter what you told it to do, it would cheerfully repeat something that sounded nothing at all like what you'd said, then proceed to do whatever random action resulted.

    Me: "Play REO Speedwagon."
    Phone: "SEND PORN CLIP TO MOM" EXECUTE.

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    Nov 15, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    S60turbo saidHaving a fairly new iPhone 4 I didn't want to trade it in but love the idea of Siri. After doing some reaserch I found that Siri was actually originally an app and found two similiar ones.
    There is Voice Actions that is great but you only get 300 commands for the 5 bucks you pay for it and then you have to pay again.
    Vlingo seems to work O.K and it's free but doesn't talk and you need to manually do some stuff that makes it seem kinda redundant (sp).
    Some people claim you can put Siri on your iphone 4 but I really didn't want to jail break or screw up my phone.
    Anybody know of any other apps like this out there?



    Siri cannot be duplicated on any other lower iPhone. The OS cannot support anything that nears her greatness icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 15, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    JoeB1986 said
    S60turbo saidHaving a fairly new iPhone 4 I didn't want to trade it in but love the idea of Siri. After doing some reaserch I found that Siri was actually originally an app and found two similiar ones.
    There is Voice Actions that is great but you only get 300 commands for the 5 bucks you pay for it and then you have to pay again.
    Vlingo seems to work O.K and it's free but doesn't talk and you need to manually do some stuff that makes it seem kinda redundant (sp).
    Some people claim you can put Siri on your iphone 4 but I really didn't want to jail break or screw up my phone.
    Anybody know of any other apps like this out there?



    Siri cannot be duplicated on any other lower iPhone. The OS cannot support anything that nears her greatness icon_smile.gif


    O.K then
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    Nov 15, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile saidAndroid developers came up with an alpha version of an app providing the same functionality within a day of Siri being released. They had it in the market briefly but then took it out again. I have not checked to see if it is back.

    I would like the ability to hear and dictate texts hands-free while driving, but I'm not sure Siri even does that, does it?


    One of my favorite features. If a text comes in and it isn't convenient to read, I can ask Siri to read it aloud to me and then respond by voice.
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    Nov 15, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    Hackers just cracked Siri and with a little knowledge you can install Siri on any smartphone.

    http://tehgaygeek.blogspot.com/2011/11/hackers-get-siri-working-on-any-device.html
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    Nov 15, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    S60turbo saidHaving a fairly new iPhone 4 I didn't want to trade it in but love the idea of Siri. After doing some reaserch I found that Siri was actually originally an app and found two similiar ones.
    There is Voice Actions that is great but you only get 300 commands for the 5 bucks you pay for it and then you have to pay again.
    Vlingo seems to work O.K and it's free but doesn't talk and you need to manually do some stuff that makes it seem kinda redundant (sp).
    Some people claim you can put Siri on your iphone 4 but I really didn't want to jail break or screw up my phone.
    Anybody know of any other apps like this out there?


    I don't know that you're really going to be able to get many, or any, apps that have the same functionality as Siri, mainly because of Siri's integration with iOS, an integration that's not going to be allowed to be replicated by other apps. Unless you jailbreak the iPhone, you're probably not going to get anything nearly as good as Siri (and even then, it's doubtful that most hacks that work will work for long; I believe that the link posted for the Applidium story worked by using an actual iPhone 4S's unique ID--at least, that's what I saw on another site. So I'm sure any unique ID being used too often is going to be tagged and blacklisted).
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    Nov 15, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    Ya you're probably right
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    Nov 15, 2011 10:18 PM GMT
    sashaman said

    One of my favorite features. If a text comes in and it isn't convenient to read, I can ask Siri to read it aloud to me and then respond by voice.


    Oh. You mean like a telephone conversation....icon_wink.gif










    Don't get me wrong, I appreciate all the advances technology has made in the last years, but you cannot deny that some applications have led to a lessening of interpersonal contact.

    I was recently in Key West and it is no stretch to say that everyone under the age of 50 was on a iPhone, iPad, Kindle, HTC or other android....EVEN WHILE ON A TOUR BUS TO SEE THE SIGHTS!!!!

    Come on people!! Get your heads out of your iAss and interface with the world around you!
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    Nov 15, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    S60turbo said
    Thanks for the comparison though and nice new jock btw.


    Thanks!

    BTW: I wasn't meaning to compare you to that pic. Just a general observation about humankind..espec. in USofA.
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    Nov 15, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    sashaman said

    One of my favorite features. If a text comes in and it isn't convenient to read, I can ask Siri to read it aloud to me and then respond by voice.


    Oh. You mean like a telephone conversation....icon_wink.gif










    Don't get me wrong, I appreciate all the advances technology has made in the last years, but you cannot deny that some applications have led to a lessening of interpersonal contact.

    I was recently in Key West and it is no stretch to say that everyone under the age of 50 was on a iPhone, iPad, Kindle, HTC or other android....EVEN WHILE ON A TOUR BUS TO SEE THE SIGHTS!!!!

    Come on people!! Get your heads out of your iAss and interface with the world around you!
    icon_cool.gif


    You make a good point. A while back, I noticed several people on a boat going down the Hillsborough river. With the exception of the guy operating the boat, everybody else was either talking or texting on their phone. They were together as a group but all doing their own thing....
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    Nov 16, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    Siri is pretty interesting. It's not just a voice command program. There's actually voice recognition/comprehension/AI involved. The other interesting thing is that all the processing is done server-side. So there's no reason why it can't be offered on the iphone 4. The single core processor should be able to handle it. But Apple wants you to upgrade to the 4S. Might be better to upgrade, rather than get a half-baked alternative.
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    Nov 16, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    Nivek said
    StudlyScrewRite saidI don't really get the need for Siri.

    What, has it become too much physical work to actually thumb through your Safari now??

    When Apple came out with the mouse, the PC fans made fun of it as a toy.
    When Apple came out with GUI, the PC industry en mass said it was stupid and inefficient.
    When they introduced the small 3.5 floppy to replace the larger 5.25 floppies, this was mocked as style over substance.
    That was a long time ago, and there has been similar reaction to just about every innovation from Apple.


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    Nov 16, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
    Who doesn't want Siri? Just imagine where we'd be without it...


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    Nov 16, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    Nivek said
    StudlyScrewRite saidI don't really get the need for Siri.

    What, has it become too much physical work to actually thumb through your Safari now??

    When Apple came out with the mouse, the PC fans made fun of it as a toy.
    When Apple came out with GUI, the PC industry en mass said it was stupid and inefficient.
    When they introduced the small 3.5 floppy to replace the larger 5.25 floppies, this was mocked as style over substance.
    That was a long time ago, and there has been similar reaction to just about every innovation from Apple.

    I agree with you with you that people are starting to resemble those in Wall-e, but I personally would keep Siri and do away with cars for daily transport. Install proper sidewalks, and encourage people to live in walkable neighborhoods in urban areas with great public transportation and biking.


    Apple did not invent the GUI or the mouse. Xerox PARC developed those. Apple doesn't invent much. It adopts and markets ideas very well, though.