Android

Siri meets Nelly

Nelly, my own personal voice assistant made in Tasker for Android, made a cameo yesterday in my article about using Tasker for comic relief. Today a friend of mine came by, and as he recently sold his Galaxy Note to buy an iPhone 4S, I couldn’t resist putting the two side-by-side and asking them the same question I showed off Nelly answering yesterday. Nelly’s response here is of course programmed in by me, but that’s sort of the point: Siri is a locked down system where Apple tells it what to say, and doesn’t pass up the chance to use it for marketing.

A hack that enabled Siri to be used for other things by using a proxy server made the rounds some moths back and got a lot of attention, yet here you have an Android app that has the exact same capability running completely inside the app itself, and it’s not even the main feature of the app, so I thought it deserved to be highlighted in a separate article.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why I named my voice assistant Nelly, you have some reading to do.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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7 thoughts on “Siri meets Nelly

  • Would it be possible to get them to interact with each other? That would certainly have the potential to create some amusing situations.

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  • Absolutely. Nelly (Tasker) can be set up to respond to anything, and even time it to fit Siri’s response times. I dont have constant access to a 4S to do that though

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  • Can you please send me a copy.

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    • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård

      A copy of what? That response is part of a large Tasker profile that makes up my voice assistant. It isn’t an app.

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      • Avatar of michael burke

        you have some of the most advanced profiles on here and you don’t know how to export as an app please tell me you’re joking

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        • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård

          I’d be careful about opening my big mouth if I were you. First off, the comment you’re replying to is over a year old. Second, like the comment says, it’s part of a large Tasker creation back in the days before AutoVoice, and as such, this specific response is nothing more than a couple of actions. Not even a standalone task.

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  • This video absolutely made my day!! If only everyone realises the sad truths about iOS vs. Android the way I see them, from this video

    I love tasker and I’m going to set this up myself using Autovoice- I find it simpler than the %voice method.

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