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FaceApp - despite the controversy there's a reason it is popular!

FaceApp is high in the ranks of then Google Play store at the moment, and despite the controversies of white-washing, there's a reason. In short, it's really fun, simple to use and an all round well-designed app that has some great filters and effects.
The purpose of the app is simple - simply load it up, take a photo, play with a few dials and then before you know it there's your desired outcome - whether it be a new gender, a younger self, an older self - etc. You name it - FaceApp can do it.
Check it out today, it's one of those apps well worth downloading and spending a few minutes with!

Speaktoit Assistant

Today's app of the day is Speaktoit Assistant. 

A couple of day's ago I recommended Vlingo as my app of the day. Now, whilst I still stand by that recommendation, I have been trying out a few other "Siri alternatvies" and stumbled across Speaktoit Assistant.

Wheras Vlingo is more of a mechanism to control your phone through voice input, Speaktoit Assistant is more of a direct competitor to Siri, falling into the "assistant" category of voice control apps, allowing users to talk to the phone in a more conversationalist tone, with a quasi-intelligent robot interpreting your commands and taking appropriate action. In fact, just like Siri, Speaktoit Assistant responds to you with a bit of attitude, which really does make using the program entertaining.

On the surface, Speaktoit Assistant functions in a very similar manner to Vlingo, in that it includes a widget that can be pressed to open an interface whereby voice commands will be accepted, or the search button on your android device can be long held for the same effect.

The largest benefit of Speaktoit Assistant over Vlingo is the ability to speak in every day language, with the hope that the program will interpret what you are saying. My biggest problem with Vlingo was that I could never remember the correct phrases to use to achieve certain tasks. For example, to open an application, was I to state "launch" or "open"? These sort of problems are not apparent with  Speaktoit Assistant, which manages to interpret a large amount of what is said, and if not, appears to promptly notify the developer who will hopefully be rolling out updates over the coming months.

As you will see from the above screen shots, the range of functions that can be achieved with Speaktoit Assistant is quite impressive. Although it lags at times, and is till prone to occational errors, it is definitely a great app, and as with Vlingo, I only feel it going to improve at a drastic pace.

In short, if you want to try voice control but don't want to be bound by the more sterile experience that is Vlingo (though Vlingo is probably more polished), then give Speaktoit Assistant a try!

Price: Free

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