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Video shows Android's next challenger to Siri, Utter!

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Video shows Android's next challenger to Siri, Utter!
It almost seems that an Android challenger for Siri makes an appearance every week, with each one being promoted as the Siri-Killer. The newest Android voice-recognition/personal assistant is called Utter! and is still under development. What makes Utter! different from any of the other Android systems is its use of the apps you have installed on your phone to find answers. Want to add an appointment to you calendar? Just tell Utter! Want to know the weather somewhere, sports scores, travel schedules? Utter! will check your apps to get the answers you want.

Not udder, Utter!

Not udder, Utter!

If you own an Android flavored phone and were feeling a little jealous of Siri, you need to watch the entire video as Utter! sets the CPU governor, reboots into the bootloader, and even gives an opinion of Siri ("The bitch has a very limited vocabulary"). It also takes dictation of an email leaving just the "send" button to be manually pushed. The developer even engages Utter! in a conversation about a movie he is watching, The Lion King. "You're 35 years old, why are you watching a children's film?," asks the personal assistant.

Utter! is in beta and there is no word on when we might see this amazing application in the Android Market. With all of the prior Siri challengers we have seen, is this the one that gives the Apple voice activated personal assistant a run for her money?

source: Reddit via AndroidPolice

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posted on 14 Feb 2012, 22:23 13

1. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)

Am I the only one that doesn't think android needs a "siri". I really see it as a fad and a cheap trick to get users to hog more data and pay higher monthly bills but hey maybe IM just a cynic

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 22:32 21

4. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

android doesnt need one, but android is all about choices. this is just another choice to be offered, and im glad it is.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 23:01 2

5. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

This kind of application doesn't take much of your data just so you know... unless you only have a 20mb data plan.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 01:17

12. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)

This is a good point and i agree with you on this. If people want an option like this then it should be there and functional. I will admit that any time i have tried to use the voice commands on my phone it never understands a thing i say and none if it ever works. Although strangely enough the voice search and talk to text and translate app all work really really well.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 05:23

15. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)

I kind of agree, but it's always a nice feature to have though isn't it. For the iPhone it did attract many customers, and can do the same for Android. At the same time users should be allowed to turn it off if they don't want it so it's good on both sides.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 22:30 3

2. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


posted on 14 Feb 2012, 22:31 5

3. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

wow, im buying this guy a cup of coffee. ill be getting this once it gets released. i was sick of google voice search and other assistants just typing what i said into google.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 23:04 1

6. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

You should try "iris" which you find in the android market, try it out... it's been improved since last year.
If you want some laughs, say "yo mama" or "yo daddy" to IRIS.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 01:06 2

10. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

Why would you thumb me down?

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 10:57 2

17. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)

People on this site aren't too bright sometimes... lol

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 11:15

18. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

I hear that! *high five*?

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 23:40

7. b4ckr3ad1ngth1ssh1t (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)

this is not dependent on searches but your installed apps :P

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 00:05 1

8. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Now THAT is innovation. Siri can't work with non-native Apps. This surely can as you can see. To make your app work with other unrelated apps - based on common lines of code within them - and the app's function - for different apps from different developers just shows how well Android has been designed in that regard.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 00:29 2

9. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1615; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I wish they would come out with this only it have a HAL 9000 overlay or it would be cool to see a little 343 Guilty Spark (Halo reference) floating on the screen and you could tap it and it would be like this. Or they would just be there in the background doing their own little thing. I can dream right?

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 01:16

11. 2ndwind (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

I haven't seen Siri yet, as the iphone 4s just arrived here. But I was very impressed with demonstration. How does that compare with Siri, from what I've heard is pretty neat?

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 03:01 2

13. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)

I'm sure apple would have a patent like "application that understands voice commands". They even have an "r" in the Utter, just like in Siri. Apple lawyers must be busy and yes, this is a sarcastic post.

The serious part - Voice commands is an area of improvement in telecom and all options are welcome.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 03:04

14. maherk (Posts: 4809; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

try iris, and flavour it with ivona text to speech, u can have any accent u want to get the real voice voice assistants are missing on android. It will help you in almost anything you ask for, plus its fun to talk to. much much improvement was brought to it with the latest update. its a must app

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:12

16. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

this is a great app and i hope this is released very soon!

no longer will i have to sit for hours on end with old people who want a smartphone and have no clue how to use it :)

you sir have made my job a lot easier...

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 16:27

19. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

Being that it uses other apps in your phone to perform the given task... what happens if you don't have an app that it would use to perform the computations? Does it break down and cry? Does it look up the best app in the market and recommend it? It also seems like the guy has to give it predetermined words that are first in his commands so it picks the app that's appropriate for what you're asking. Like he'll say calculate 4+4-3, instead of just saying whats 4 + 4 - 3?

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 18:35

20. JasonLegend00 (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)

I hope its better than Iris, that bitch can't hold to topic worth a s**t!!!

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