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 and tends to stick with his choice of device for a long time as a result of that. After a five year break from writing, he's back to share this view with the world once again.