Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google Home and other such assistive
technologies have made people aware of the amazing applications
of Artificial Intelligence. A virtual assistant can undoubtedly
make your life more comfortable and fun. You can make your
assistant do your phone’s tasks for you while you just sit and
relax. It can make your calls, send your important emails, and
even entertain you during your leisure time.
Unfortunately, there is no Siri for the Android users. However,
when it comes to apps, there is always an alternative option
for Android. Apart from Google Assistant, there are a lot of
other assistant apps available in the Play Store for Android
users. So, we have picked a list of eight best personal
assistant apps for Android which are reliable, and all of
them are available in the Google Play Store for free.
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Note: This list isn’t in order of
preference. You are advised to choose the app you prefer.
8 Best Android Assistant Apps For 2018
1. Google Assistant
Google Assistant is no doubt the best assistant for
Android. Developed by Google, the assistant is made available
for almost all Android phones running on Marshmallow, Nougat,
and Oreo. However, you should make sure that “Google Play
services” and “Google App” are updated on your device.
It can help you with any task that you would prefer. Apart from
all the necessary functions like making calls, sending texts,
emails, setting alarms and reminders, navigating places, web
search, weather reports, news updates, etc., Google assistant
is fun and entertaining too. You can play games, ask for fun
facts, to take selfies, play music, and many more activities
including this 30+ Super Useful Voice
Commands. You can quickly launch it by saying “OK Google”
and the assistant will be all ears.
2. Lyra Virtual Assistant
Lyra was earlier known as the Indigo Virtual Assistant which is
an intelligent personal assistant that runs on Android and iOS
devices. Apart from the basic assistant functions such as
making calls, sending messages, emails, web search, etc., it
can also play YouTube videos, tell jokes, translate words and
phrases, manage your diary, set alarms, etc. Lyra’s plus-point
is that it is cross-platform and can retain a conversation
across many devices. This Siri alternative for Android uses
advanced natural language processing, so you expect minimum
errors while conversing with it. Overall, Lyra is one of the
best personal assistant apps for Android which is
free with no in-app purchases or ads.
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Microsoft Cortana can help you with your reminders, keeping
notes, lists, tasks and a lot more. You can set a reminder on
your Windows PC and get location or time-based alerts on your
smartphone. If you use Office 365 or Outlook.com for email
service, Cortana can automatically set a reminder based on your
Cortana can assist you with various tasks and help you find
answers from the internet. You can set a custom name by which
this Android voice assistant will address you. The app can be
activated by creating a shortcut on the home-screen or saying
“Hey Cortana.” The “My Day” feature in the app provides you
relevant information each morning including appointments, news,
and weather. “My Day” learns from your usage and adapts itself
to learn your likes and dislikes. You can even ask Cortana to
tell jokes or entertain you with a song.
There is a feature in the app called “Notebook” where you can
control how much the app learns about you and the kind of
suggestions you will receive. If you are Windows 10 user, you
should definitely try this Android assistant app and utilize
its amazing features.
Extreme was developed for Android to mimic the functionality of
Tony Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S. from Iron Man. It has quite a nerdy
looking interface, but it is reliable enough. Extreme includes
all the essential Android assistant functions from makings
calls to surfing the internet. Users can interact either by
natural speech or keyboard. You can also ask to post Facebook
status, play Youtube videos, take a selfie, etc. Just launch
the app by calling “Extreme,” and it will be ready for your
Extreme is free and easy to use. However, it displays ads and
has in-app purchases.
4. DataBot Assistant
DataBot is one of the best Android assistant apps that you can
use to play around or ask for all sorts of different
information. You can interact with it either by using your
device’s microphone or typing. It will search for you whatever
you wish to know about. DataBot is reliable while you travel,
study, work, play, or relax; it can also address you with any
name you fancy. Apart from these, it is a cross-platform
software, i.e., you can use the same assistant on your
smartphone, tablet, and laptop.
DataBot gains experience while using it. It is free and also
available in five other different languages apart from English.
The app contains ads and in-app purchases.
Robin is an excellent virtual assistant app for Android which
is built as a challenger to Siri. It can provide you with great
assistance while you are driving on the road by delivering
proper local information, GPS navigation, right direction,
inform you about traffic, etc. Moreover, it is fun to use, and
you can even set it to address you with whatever name you
Robin continually keeps on learning and adapting to you. You
can ask about news, weather reports, set reminders and alarms,
make calls, send texts, etc.; and all these can be done
hands-free. Just with a tap on the microphone button, Robin
will be ready to assist you. You can also initialize it by
saying ‘Robin’ or by ‘waving hello’ twice in front of your
phone’s upper edge over the proximity sensor.
Jarvis can keep its users updated on a lot of contents like
informing you about current weather status, latest news, calls,
texts messages, etc. Currently, it has support for only English
language. Jarvis can control your phone settings by turning on
WiFi, flash, Bluetooth, set alarms, reminders, play music, etc.
Apart from these, it has widget support that enables you to
access Jarvis from your lock screen with a single tap. Also, it
runs on your Android wearable as well.
Jarvis personal assistant is free to use with ads and has
7. AIVC (Alice)
AIVC stands for Artificial Intelligent Voice Control software
that can assist you to do things quickly and easily on your
Android device. It has a free version and a PRO version. The
free version displays ads and includes all the essential
functions such as making calls, SMS, emails, opening any apps,
navigation, web search, weather reports, etc. Whereas, the PRO
version gives some extra features such as TV-Receiver control,
wake up mode, play music, etc.
This Google Assistant alternative lets you set your own
commands and also lets you control devices which are accessible
over a web interface. You can give the commands either by
typing or by using your voice. It supports English and German
8. Dragon Mobile Assistant
Dragon Mobile Assistant is a smart and customizable assistant
app that will suit your personal needs efficiently. Powered by
Nuance, Dragon Mobile can read you aloud your Facebook and
Twitter status updates, incoming calls, messages, alerts, and
upcoming appointments. Other than the essential functions, you
can turn on the attentive mode and wake up your assistant
anytime, or even create your own voiceprints. Also, you can
choose a voice and create a name for the assistant.
It is currently only available in the US on Google Play Store.
However, as they add additional languages and variants of
English, this voice assistant will include support for other
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