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

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.

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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75 Comments

1. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

It's siri backwards

5. tech-head

Posts: 133; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

Apple will sue!!!! lol

55. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

67. alx33

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 07, 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

68. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

23. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

wow...

28. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

anything you can do we can doo better!!!

32. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

33. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

2. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

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

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

10. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Unless they copied apple's code.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

11. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 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.

12. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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

13. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 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.

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

16. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 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.

17. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

60. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

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

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

37. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

29. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 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...

36. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

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

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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!

40. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

44. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

42. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

62. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

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