Android gets own Siri rival
Apple® certainly created quite a stir when it introduced its Siri® voice recognition software for the iPhone® 4S in 2011 and then later upgraded it for the iPad in 2012. Now, app developer Magnifis has launched a response to Siri with the introduction of its own voice software for Android™ smartphones and tablet computers.
Dubbed Robin, the new software is designed as an eyes-free, hands-free voice recognition program for drivers. According to Business Insider, drivers can ask Robin about directions, where to park, gas prices, traffic information, weather and more. Robin is also capable of learning the user's driving schedule and habits and can provide relevant details and directions based on those habits.
This focus on drivers means Robin isn't completely occupying Siri's space, but there is some overlap, especially considering the latest Siri update was designed with hands- and eyes-free interaction in mind.
However, this limited scope may work in Robin's favor. Siri has often been criticized for lacking a clear function. By honing in on one area and doing it well, Robin has already received early praise as an formidable co-pilot.