Meet Robin, the Free New Siri Competition

Longing for a Siri like personal assistant on your Android?  The Samsung Galaxy S III with S-Voice not on the horizon for you, or the S-Voice port not working on your device?  Well have no fear, Robin is here.  Robin is a new personal assistant app specifically designed for helping you get places.  Robin’s developer, Magnifis, Inc. states that “You can ask Robin for directions, local places, real-time parking, traffic info, gas prices, weather, your Twitter news and much more.”  Some of these are new features that iris doesn’t offer (navigation, traffic info, parking).  The app uses Google voice search to recognize and interpret what you say.  Compared to S-Voice, which is the only other Android personal assistant I’ve used, I like the amount of information it says back to you (like when you ask about the weather).  Obviously this is probably due to it being an app for driving, and not being able to look at your phone.  I also like how you can get Robin to listen by waving your hand in front and above the screen, or brushing lightly the brim of your phone.  For my Epic 4G Touch, I had to rub the brim, but it works.  I haven’t actually used Robin in the car yet, but using it around the house, Robin’s had some difficulty hearing me.  I’ve had to talk very directly or loudly to my Epic 4G Touch.  This makes me think it may be even more difficult in the car.  However, Robin seems to be very responsive to questions and will learn your name which is fun.  She will even tell jokes.  Things that Robin won’t do (yet), are set the alarm clock, text, or call someone.  However, if you ask Robin to do one of these tasks for you, she’ll remind you that she’s still learning and makes it sound like these features might be coming.  Magnifis, Inc. also states “Robin is currently in Beta, meaning that it’s not perfect yet. But that also means that you can watch her intelligence evolve day after day, and even get to contribute to get upbringing a little. Come be a part of the experience!”  So, if you’re looking for a new personal assistant to guide you around, be sure to check out Robin for free in the Google Play Store.  When you try it out, be sure to let us know how you think it compares to other personal assistants out there.


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