The developers behind Speaktoit Assistant, one of the best virtual assistants available for Android–ie. one that sets out to be not just an ordinary Siri or S Voice clone–have recently unveiled a premium version of the app that allows users to teach their virtual buddy customized responses for certain questions or commands.
To date, no other intelligent personal assistants and knowledge navigators implement such technology. Siri, for instance, only defaults to offering a web search when it fails to understand a query; the S Voice by Samsung likewise. Luckily for Speaktoit users, their assistant can learn customized responses and actions for questions that it doesn’t recognize. To illustrate, you can tell the assistant that the next time you say “what’s happening,” it should display the latest news, just like what the image above shows.
Customized responses and actions are only available on a Premium account that uses a paid subscription model: $2 for every month or $20 per year. An upgrade to premium also entitles users to exclusive features such as extra voices to choose from, unlimited use to all services, PIN codes, and prioritized support.
In the meantime, new features have also been introduced for users of the free version: assigning from one to multiple nicknames to people found in your contact list, inclusion of Facebook friends’ birthdays in briefing mode, the ability to speak German, and various other enhancements and fixes.
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