10 best personal assistant apps for Android

by: Joe HindyJanuary 12, 2016
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best personal assistant apps for Android
Ever since Apple released Siri, the Android world has craved something similar. As a result, dozens of personal assistant apps were created and published with more and more coming out every year. Which ones are worth paying attention to? Here are the best personal assistant apps for Android.


best personal assistant apps for AndroidAIVC (Alice)

[Price: Free / $3.29]
AIVC (Alice) is a pretty standard virtual assistant with an above average track record. It includes the ability to ask for simple things such as starting various apps, the weather, time, calendar, reminders, and even simple math problems. You can also ask it about fun facts about stats, stocks, and more. Of course, it also includes the basics like calling, sending SMS, navigation, alarms, and translation. It’s not as complex or smooth as something like Google Now but it’s not a bad option if you just need something simple.

Get it now on Google Play!

AIVC best personal assistant apps for Android


Assistant best personal assistant apps for AndroidAssistant

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Assistant is an admittedly impressive personal assistant. Much like services such as Google Now, Assistant doesn’t just answer requests but attempts to predict them as well and it can be really useful when it gets everything right. It has a wide range of features and available commands, including the basics such as calling and sending SMS along with starting apps, horoscopes, navigation, media (music, video, radio), news, notifications, and a lot more. There is even support for stuff like jokes and small talk which adds a bit of personality.

Get it now on Google Play!


cortana best personal assistant apps for androidCortana

[Price: Free]
It is true that Cortana still needs some work but it has too much potential to leave off of a list like this. Microsoft’s answer to Siri has a ton of things that it can do and it’s integrated into Windows 10 for near-seamless cross-platform support. Among its many features include the ability to call people, send SMS and email, track packages, tell jokes, take notes, add stuff to your calendar, and more. Again, it is a little rough around the edges right now, but Cortana is still better than most and it’ll only get better over time.

Get it now on Google Play!


best personal assistant apps for AndroidDragon Mobile Assistant

[Price: Free]
Dragon Mobile Assistant was released by Nuance Communications, the same company that brought us the once iconic Swype keyboard. It comes with the basic features so you can expect pretty standard functionality. This one includes something called Attentive Mode which allows it to be activated even when the screen is off and locked. That makes Dragon Mobile one of the few that offer this functionality. You can also choose between several voices and even name your assistant what you want.

Get it now on Google Play!


Google App best personal assistant apps for AndroidGoogle Now

[Price: Free]
Google Now is pretty much the undisputed champion of personal assistant apps on Android. It comes with a metric ton of features which includes the basics, more advanced stuff like anticipating your needs, activation from anywhere, Google Now on Tap, and a lot more. It’s not enough that this app is solid as a brick wall but it’s also updated on an almost constant basis by Google which seems to only add to its stability and range of features. If your device has Google Play Services, you probably already have this installed which means you just have to turn it on. You can also get Google Now Launcher which puts Google Now at the forefront of your device interactions.

Get it now on Google Play!


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Hound beta best personal assistant apps for AndroidHound

[Price: Free]
Hound beta is another one of the upcoming personal assistant apps alongside Cortana. This one is done by SoundHound and it’s actually pretty decent. The basics are all covered here and includes some advanced stuff like a mortgage calculator, integrated Expedia support for hotel booking, and the SoundHound Now which opens a sing/hum music search. You can even play interactive games like Hangman. It’s only for United States residents right now, but it is out of beta and ready for public consumption.

Get it now on Google Play!


https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.artificialsolutions.teneo.va.prodIndigo Virtual Assistant

[Price: Free]
Indigo Virtual Assistant is a personal assistant app that tries to focus a little more on personality and the developers encourage you to talk to it like you would a normal person. You can do the basics including sending SMS and emails, phone calls, navigation, and the usual stuff. You can also save favorites so you can repeat them later, translate stuff very quickly and for various things, and a lot more The Indigo developers admit that their speech recognition is a beta and, thus, errors may occur but otherwise it feels like an enjoyable experience that works rather well.

Get it now on Google Play!


best personal assistant apps for AndroidJarvis

[Price: Free / $1.50]
Jarvis hit it big with the Android community thanks to its obvious reference to Iron Man. Along with the basics, Jarvis comes with widget support, the ability to set wallpapers, device controls (turn off WiFi, for instance), reminders, and it’s one of the few personal assistant apps that can be used on wearables such as Android Wear. One caveat is that it only supports English for right now so be prepared for that.

Get it now on Google Play!


best personal assistant apps for AndroidRobin

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Robin was one of the original “Siri challengers” and, as such, as been around for quite some time. Despite that, the developer still proclaim Robin as a beta application which means they definitely want everything to be just right before release. It supports the basic commands such as calling and sending SMS and it can also respond to gestures, find out about parking and traffic alerts, gas prices, and more. It still needs some work but it’s a pretty decent option and should become a lot better over the long term.

Get it now on Google Play!


best personal assistant apps for AndroidSkyvi

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Skyvi is another personal assistant app that’s been around since the first wave of “Siri competitors” came out on Android. Aside from the basics, Skyvi can do things like send stuff on Twitter and Facebook for quick updates, look up various fun facts, and it can even tell jokes. Admittedly, Skyvi is one of the more simple options much like AIVC so if you’re looking for something complicated, integrated, and complex, then Skyvi won’t do it for you. That said, it does perform its features well and it’s a good option for those who want a lighter touch.

Get it now on Google Play!

best personal assistant apps for Android


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  • Paul Scott

    To be honest, Apple and Siri were like a year behind the curve: Android had an “assistant” called Andy but there was another one that predated all of them, and it was originally going to be installed on Android devices from Verizon but Apple (courtesy of Steve Jobs) dumped a pile of cash on the developer and that basically ended that from happening. The project eventually became what’s known as Siri now.

    So just to be absolutely clear: Siri didn’t come about first, what became Siri was first and it was on Android exclusively for a short period of time – even if most people never knew the history behind it.

    • Phil S

      That’s exactly my point. The article starts off by saying “Ever since Apple released Siri, the Android world has craved something similar. ” But it’s not true – the Android world already had it. I’m fed up of Apple Fanboys saying look at this brilliant feature Apple has, when if they pulled their heads out of the sand they’d find it’s all been done before. Apple should be congratulated for their ability to design and market very nice hardware, but they are not innovative. They take other peoples/companies ideas and do a very good job of selling them.

  • Phil S

    Another lovely piece of marketing from Apple. What’s Siri got that Google Now hasn’t got? The Android world has not been craving for a Siri look-alike – they’ve had one for ages. How much does Apple pay journalists to write this sort of crap?

    • Anantha Krishna

      ask Google Now “tell me a joke”. I know it’s just utterly childish to ask that questions but certain things like that make them interesting.

      • Yes.. Apple is all about the useless features.

      • Here’s the thing, that makes Apple’s service a little more, well,… Complete, actually thought out of, developed by an ACTUAL human who has actual thoughts, instead of an engineered and coded programme that responds to only a specific order of commands and just throws you into Google search for anything but. No, seriously. I like that Google Now is more “functional,” but that’s just it, all function and NO FORM, it’s lacking.

        • Bruno

          Siri does that same thing never reads back results. With Android we can choose from many assistants. The best one that makes both Siri and google now look like nothing, is Cyman Mark II

        • Anantha Krishna

          yeah I guess you’re right.

      • balcobomber25

        Guess I have never been that bored/lonley that I needed my phone to tell me a joke, completely useless feature to me…

    • JosephHindy

      First of all, it’s required by the FCC to disclose when an article/video is sponsored. Not doing so is actually against the law and this isn’t the black market advertising days of 2004. Please update your expectations accordingly.

      Second, these are all Android personal assistants and Siri isn’t on this last whatsoever. The intro was something called a “narrative” that explains the story behind why these things exist and why there are so many of them. Siri had a lot to do with that whether you like it or not.

  • bruno

    You forgot one, and the best of them all, Cyman Mark II. Check it out!

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