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Get App-y: Apple's Siri has competition

Virtual assistants like Siri and Galaxy, and now Everfriends, become more than a novelty as voice-recognition software improves.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Modified: August 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm •  Published: August 21, 2012

I stayed with the free version, and the main character “Mary” is infused with personality, even if she sounds a bit like she has a cold. The app also includes a choice of other personalities to retrieve information and work the phone — Spoony, a cuddly alien who, as the app notes, loves a good prank and sunbathing and comes from the planet Edelweiss; Brainy, described as genuine, pretty and smart; and Mei, “a starry-eyed keeper of Eastern beauty.”

Everfriends' characters will let you know about events on your calendar, tell you the weather or news, set an alarm, give you Facebook and Twitter updates, book travel, read information from Google maps and Wiki entries, provide jokes, music and fashion advice and more.

It has an online TV feature, can interact with other apps and can speak to you in Russian, English or Spanish.

It's a little bit cumbersome to use and I think it will take some time to get to know the Everfriends assistants and how to navigate the app. But if you don't have a voice assistant already on your Android phone and you want one, the free version gives you enough of an idea of what the app will do and whether it's something you want to explore.

How do you use virtual assistants on your phones? Email with your thoughts about these voice-activated apps. For more apps, go online to Twitter: @lillie_beth.

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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