It has been a while since the iPhone 4S was released, and with it Siri - the voice controlled personal assistant that was meant to revolutionise the way we use our mobile phones. While I am certain that this "revolution" did not transpire, it did at least get a lot of developers thinking out of the box in the way we interact with our mobiles.
To cash in on the trend of talking into a handset, a number of Android developers tried to replicate Siri. I have already recommended notable competitors such as Speaktoit Assistant and Vlingo. After about 6 months, I thought it might be time to revisit this area with another voice controlled app (and one of the first to pop up after Siri) - called Iris - "siri' spelled backwards.
All in all, iris is a great app that includes many of the same features of Siri, but injects a bit of personality in the process. The app is still in alpha and is far from perfect, but with constant updates from the developers it is still one of the best voice recognition apps out there. Give it a try and see what you think!
In the words of the developers:
iris. makes your phone talk on topics ranging from Mozart to stock prices.