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Iris hits the Market, wants to become Android's Siri

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Iris hits the Market, wants to become Android's Siri
There are four things that might make you get the iPhone 4S: iOS 5, the better, dual-core processor, the improved 8-megapixel camera and... Siri, your personal intelligent voice assistant. The dual-core processors and the cameras are all there on Android, and while you can’t get iOS 5, you can now have something a bit simillar to Siri, and it goes by the name “iris” with a lowercase i that is. You know what that stands for? Intelligent Rival Imitator of Siri.

Now you could tell that the developers have a sense of humor. But iris doesn’t have the head start of Siri, which constitutes in fourty years of DARPA research into intelligent systems and AI. Rather it is a result of an 8-hour intense hackathon.

Iris hits the Market, wants to become Android's Siri
Iris hits the Market, wants to become Android's Siri
So what can it do? Answer questions, of course, in voice. It probably won’t be as accurate as sister Siri, but the developer promises that “she will talk to you on any topic. Ranging from Philosophy, Culture, History, science to general conversation.”

iris uses Android’s built-in “speech-to-text” features to make out your questions, so you’d need to have “Voice Search” and “TTS library” pre-installed. It's in the very early stages of development, though, available in its alpha version.

Finally, iris is sexier than Siri. Its poster image on the Android Market says enough. It probably won’t marry you, though, either, but you might want to try - it’s free.

Download iris on Android [Android Market link]


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posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:33 13

1. Synack (Posts: 640; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


It's siri backwards

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:45 14

5. tech-head (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


Apple will sue!!!! lol

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 12:41 1

55. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I don't real and I hop apple has a pattent on this there is lots of other speech style Siri like studies and apps there is a couple on android which came out before Siri and this one there is vlingo which is alright and I read so where that Siri is based off of the development of lingo. But as far as this app there is a better one out on android that is more complicated does more stuff like siri. And too certain people understands there voice better because it's based of of googles voice recognition. Which I think is the best voice recognition on any phone so far and it's been around for since atliest the first moto droid. That in it self can to most of the tasks Siri can do but it just don't talk to you. But the app I think this app kinda cop pied or is similar too is an app called voice actions which is in the android market. It been out longer and developed longer but it is an add on to googles voice recognition software and does a lot more thn talk back to you. Try it out. It gets old after awhile to but can do a lot of tasks.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 17:03 2

67. alx33 (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Apple has patents. For one apple patents EVERYTHING THEY MAKE OR OWN!!! Plus they bought the company named Siri who first introduced this program AND bought all there patents

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 18:03

68. jove39 (Posts: 1204; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Voice recon system is already there on android...its just not interactive and well written ;)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:21 1

23. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


wow...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:23 8

28. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


anything you can do we can doo better!!!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:35 5

32. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Its not backed by wolfram alpha though. Anyway i think they might have stolen code from apple to make this. They seemed to have copied the mic and the name. Just a guess though.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:37 3

33. jdrevolution (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yea, but it even says that itself if the screenshots are any indication. Hey, at least it's an honest AI machine...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:39 6

2. Hallucinator (Posts: 338; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Yeah, that is actually something Apple has the right to sue over. Pretty blatant rip off.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:46 5

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3514; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I hope you are kidding. Dude this was obviously in development for a while also it’s alpha & it seems very good. It recognizes like 90% of what I say. That is impressive for an alpha. There is no way they can make this App in one week. I have used it & it's very similar to Siri. I have used both & there is no way someone can make such a complicated app in less than one week!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:57 4

10. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Unless they copied apple's code.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:05 4

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3514; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Apple is a closed system. How can they copy Apple's code?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:58 3

11. Hallucinator (Posts: 338; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Not for the actual software, but there is no way they can name it iris. If you can not admit that you are definitely blinded by your love for android.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:02 4

12. kshell1 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


they can name it iris if they want. just because apple patented the word siri doesnt mean it covers the same word backwards. iris in itself is a completely different word which is a part of the eye, a color, a plant, among other things like bands, movies, and songs. so if that was the case apple could sue over hundreds of things

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:03 1

13. Hallucinator (Posts: 338; Member since: 24 May 2010)


If you have a product/software that it pretty much the same as another and just name it the same thing but backwards you are in violation of the patent.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:21 3

25. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


can you point to that exact clause in patent law, hallucinator?

Besides, if its an anagram for what it says, then it could also just be a funny coincidence that its siri backwards.. dout it, but possible.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:04 5

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3514; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Maybe that is the point. To show that Siri isn't really all that Earth shattering! That others can make virtual assistants that are on par with the beta Siri! "If you can not admit that you are definitely blinded by your love for android." This has nothing to do with my love for Android! Android has always been a leader in speech recognition.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:08

16. Hallucinator (Posts: 338; Member since: 24 May 2010)


The funny thing is I agree with you about Siri. It is not ground breaking. Im just saying I believe when the final product out it will have a name change.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:10 2

17. kshell1 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


well iris final product is out it beat siri to the finish line

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 13:29 1

60. Hallucinator (Posts: 338; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Thought I read in this article that it was in the Alpha stage.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:16 2

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3514; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey who knows, maybe Apple has a patent on the name "Siri" & it may or may not include any variant of that name which may include the name backwards like "iris". Let's see how this play out!
Hallucinator you could be 100% right, we just don't know as of now!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:49 3

37. protozeloz (Posts: 5321; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


probably, named iris in case someone types siri on the android market, the app is new and appears in the fist 15 items on search

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:23 1

29. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


FYI, siri was announced a while ago, not officially but we were told about the features and apple acquiring a high end voice recognition, apple should sue and is entitled to, it has Siri in the name...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:44 7

36. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


nobody knew that the 4s will have siri on it until it was announced.. dont make it up fanboy..

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:49 7

38. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Siri was just an app on the market that apple liked, bought the company, removed the app from the market, and made it a selling feature of the i4s. They cant even be original with their own apps!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:54 4

40. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


hmm i did not know that???
soo why are isheep all angry about android using this app..

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:34 4

44. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3514; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am glad I didn't have to say it remixfa. You just did for me!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:18 1

42. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


siri has been around for quite some time too. since apple bought it, it owns the intelectual property and that dates back to siri's creation. dont know about any of the patent laws you all are discussing, but siri is certainly older than iris.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:50

62. Penny (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


It says in the article that it was built in a one-day hackathon session. It has not been "in development for a while."

That being said, this is also not a copy of Siri. It is an advanced implementation of Google's own voice software built as a competitor to Siri. This is just a proof of concept more than anything else guys, to show that a Siri-like feature can be built from Google's current software.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:42 4

3. jldleo (Posts: 32; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


Its novelty, just like Siri and will be fun for a week..

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:43 8

4. kshell1 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


they put a patent on the name siri not iris although it is just siri backwards :p and they cant sue over voice recognition cause they didnt patent it and they didnt make it

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:55

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5321; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Ive seen people talking about this all day.... why is it better than voice actions?
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pannous.voice.actions.free&feature=search_result

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:56 1

8. dhruba (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


it works weirdly on my phone. I downloaded the beta version off the market. It takes 10 minutes to answer one question

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:56 1

9. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1433; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Lol I asked it, "hows the weather" it said boring.... LMAO smarter than Siri..

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:11 1

18. robinrisk (unregistered)


Im going to download it today. You know, SuperAndroidEvo is right, it could not have been developed in one week, but they could surely have renamed it after Siri.

Seems cool though, and it is remarkable how they look pretty much the same, while probably being developed at two different times.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:15 2

19. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I used it a little, it seems hit or miss at this point and it doesn't really seem to "follow" the conversation like Siri is advertised to.

I asked "what is the weather like in new york city?" and it responded "cold, like most of the united states right now."

I then asked "what is the temperature?" and it responded "43 degrees".

I replied "should I bring an umbrella if I go tomorrow?"

And it responded "I do not want you as a husband." LOL

So who knows if she's calling me a pansy for using an umbrella or maybe it stopped following the conversation. Either way I got a chuckle...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:19

21. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


will download later.. hehe

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:20 3

22. Sniggly (Posts: 6471; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


This obviously isn't meant to be a true replacement for Siri, just a funny app that you can mess around with. I might download it and try it for the amusement factor. :)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:49 2

47. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i DL out of curiosity. Its cute. it actually does stuff as well as the sarchasm. said "who was george washington" and it pulled up a picture and a synopsis biography. I was surprised, i figured it was just a goofball app more than anything.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 12:40

54. Sniggly (Posts: 6471; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yeah, I mean, it definitely needs work, but it is surprisingly functional for 8 hours of work. And since it's not meant to be taken entirely seriously, I'd say this is a WIN for the developers.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 16:26 1

66. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


very much so.
way to capitalize on this week's hot subject.

what would be grande is if this thing turns into a full fledged app because of all the attention it got.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:21 1

24. Slammer (Posts: 813; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I know this is in Alpha stage, but unless I'm doing something wrong, this has much work to do before comparing it to Siri. I think Vlingo Virtual Assistant InCar, is far more seasoned for a Siri comparison. Even as such, Siri is currently the most profound voice recognition platform to date.

However, I will go out on a limb here and say Google Voice or Vlingo will leapfrog Siri very soon.

John B.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:22 2

26. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


lol ima download it too!! my isheep buddy is overhere throwing a tantrum saying that apple invented it and we should have no right to use it!!! what a looser!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:30 1

30. kshell1 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


im pretty sure voice recognition has been around for awhile :/ its just a damn voice recognition program im pretty sure there are other small ones out there nobody even thinks about

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:50 1

39. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


that exactly what i told them ! but since Siri is like one of the most interesting feature on the 4s they are mad because android can also have it...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:35 2

45. Slammer (Posts: 813; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Voice recognition is nothing new. However, Siri has taken the basic principle, and capitalized on it by a far margin. It is quite an advancement from what is currently offered by anyone else.

It won't be the last offering of this type however. Technology will advance by infusion of other parties. I'm excited for this interaction of speech commands. I await to see what comes to fruition in the next couple of months.

John B.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:33 3

31. Dragonkingamn (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Just downloaded and tried out, asked how big is pittsburgh. gave me a good answer. Asked how do i get to pittsburgh? it said by plane. a so so answer. Asked for a map of pittsburgh, it said "do you know where pittsburgh is?". So i guess somewhat developed but still got work. then again its Alpha so im sure we will see improvements.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:41 3

34. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


well its been many years since ive logged into PA, but i figured this would be the prefect article to comment on.... i asked iris to kill herself; and she told me that im not god and i cant make her do that :) priceless... this app is worth it

on a lighter note i will be full-time on PA again, i miss this place, so to the PA team you can expect all the juciy leaks i gave you those so many years ago once again!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 12:43

57. Sniggly (Posts: 6471; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I don't know if I've ever seen you before, but welcome back anyway. Glad you could join us, Snapdude. :D

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 16:07

64. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


last time i logged in to pa was over two years ago... but ive still be active under the unregistered user posts "anon123"

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:42

35. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 350; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Try speaktoit its much better and its free.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:56 2

41. chuckyoo (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This chuckled me up. I am running this on MIUI ROM and I have the Iphone 4G theme, LOL! This is another smack to the i crowd. I always tell they that with android my phone can transform its look and of course it is priceless to see their reaction. I like siri but in all real talk, apple will get even more angry at android. Iris should refraim from saying it is Siri spelled backwards. Great dev props! Poor apple SMH, but I love my android UI better. Yes I used to be and iphone owner which I liked the interface but hated the restrictions, after jailbreak, I update and loose all apps and do it over which gets old.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:34 1

43. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5632; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Siri is really a joke. my friend got his Iphone 4S yesterday. Test out it trying to ask Siri some random questions instead of saying one word it says something else. I was LMAO all night long so hilarious

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:55 1

50. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


SIRI is in Beta

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:36 1

46. davidvvassallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


it is the worst program i have ever used it is nothing like siri

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:52 1

48. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 350; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Used it just now... Total crap, although it's still in alpha stage. It might get better in time though.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:53

49. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


OK so i just used it and it sucks. It moves slow and does not understand half the things i asked. Also it does not have a learn function.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 12:41 1

56. Sniggly (Posts: 6471; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Again, it's not supposed to be a true rival to Siri. Right now it's just a funny app with some okay functionality. Almost seems like it's there purely to piss iFanboys off. :D

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 12:11

51. iami67 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


To everyone bickering this technology is very old and annoying. I had this on my original storm which i believe was called vingo. Did the same exact thing. This is another rip off by apple if anything they always take someone else product rename it and advertise the hell out of it and say its revolutionary. Apple users need to stop being sheel and realize Apple is all about marketing not product. Y else would u make a phone double sided glass to shatter on one drop. New dual core which alreayd has a lot of people complaining of running very hot and killing battery. And the last joke for customers is Siri which everyone i know who tries it it doesnt work like the demo. I asked the same questions such as what should i wear today. Apple showed it sayin what to wear based on weather the response i got was ( Clothes are good for a start)

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