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Iris seems to be a good alternative to Siri for Android devices


Jealous of the new Siri feature on the iPhone 4S? Looking for a good alternative on your HTC EVO or other Android device? Look no further than Iris by Dexetra – "Yeah, Iris is siri in reverse," proudly proclaim the developers on their Android Market page.

Iris is a new app that purportedly allows you to interact with your phone in a more human and fluid way, enabling you to ask questions on any topic from politics to history, science to philosophy, or just general conversation.

"Gone are the days when you 'Google searched' for information," the developers claim, although it should be noted that Iris is still in an early alpha stage of development. As such, it's not quite up to the same level as Siri is yet.

This is made quite evident in the conversation I attempted with Iris below, which quickly went downhill.


As you can see, my initial question about the weather quickly turned into what could only be described as a sexual proposition from a machine. Yes, there are definitely some kinks to work out.

In any case, Iris is definitely a fun little app that you can shove in the faces of your iPhone-touting friends when they try to tell you that their phone is better than yours. Just keep in mind that, in case you are rooted and running a bare-bones ROM, you do need Voice Search and TTS library installed on your phone for Iris to function correctly. If you are running a stock ROM, you probably already have this.

You can give Iris a try at the links below, and be sure to share any additional off-the-wall things she might tell you with the rest of us.


Links: Market (EVO) | Market (web)

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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