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10 best personal assistant apps for Android
Personal Assistant apps have been around for a while. However, it wasn’t until Siri that they became a really big deal. We now have tons of options in the space, including offerings from Google, Microsoft, and SoundHound, among others. It’s an interesting space to be in right now. You can take advantage as well with the best personal assistant apps for Android. Let’s get started.
For the most part, we recommend Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, as they are the top of the pantheon along with Siri on iOS. You can also get Google Home and Amazon Alexa smart-home products for integration with your house. We also said goodbye to Cortana in 2019, so it obviously no longer on the list.
The best personal assistant apps for Android
Amazon Alexa is actually a great personal assistant. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get a hold of. It requires an Amazon Fire device or an Amazon Echo device. The app on Android is mostly just a controller for the devices. Alexa can do web searches, integrate with smart home stuff, and even order pizza! Its device restrictions are by far the worst part of it. Otherwise, this is right up there with Google Assistant as the best of the best. We recommend it for sure.
Price: Free (Samsung devices only)
Bixby is Samsung’s personal assistant app. It’s only available on Samsung devices. Otherwise, it’s surprisingly decent. It does web searches, downloads apps from Google Play, and has direct support for a variety of available apps. It also supports smart home tech as long as you get Samsung’s proprietary hub. It’s only about a year old. However, it’s still better than most other options. Those with Samsung devices should try this one for sure. We’re not sure if Samsung plans on opening this up to any other devices. It might be nice if they did.
Price: Free / Up to $4.99
DataBot is a slightly above-average personal assistant app. It features cross-platform support. You also get some basic personal assistant stuff, some customization features, and even a chatbot. It doesn’t come close to the functionality of Google Assistant, Siri, or even Cortana or Bixby. However, it’s a simpler, entertaining solution for those who like that. It can even tell jokes, riddles, and other goofy stuff like that. The app isn’t bad, but it’s not mind-blowing either. The app is free with some optional in-app purchases.
Extreme Personal Voice Assistant
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Extreme is a reasonably okay personal assistant app. It can do basic stuff like Google searches, help you take selfies, search for directions, and find news. It also tries to protect your privacy. All of your conversations with Extreme take place on your phone and the data automatically deletes if you uninstall the app. There are some limitations and some commands require some manual input. In short, it’s not as good as Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Hopefully, the developers keep working on it.
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Google Assistant 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 even integrates with some smart home stuff like Philips Hue lights. 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.
Hound is another one of the upcoming personal assistant apps alongside Cortana. SoundHound made this one a couple of years ago. It’s coming along okay. The basics are all covered here and the app 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. It is still a bit buggy though, so do beware of that.
Robin was one of the original “Siri challengers” and, as such, has been around for quite some time. Despite that, the developer still proclaims 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 if the developers keep working on it.
To do list apps
Price: Free / Varies
To do list do many of the same things as personal assistant apps. You can remind yourself to do things, schedule things for a later date, add notes, and even access a calendar. One of these along with a weather app and Google Search and you have the same basic experience. You obviously won’t get smart home integration and some of the more complex tasks. However, those who don’t want those things can replicate most of the rest of the experience with other apps. Todoist, TickTick, and Gtasks are good options. We have our best list linked above if you want to see more!
Price: Free / Varies
Calendar apps are the original personal assistants on mobile. You know how these works. You open the calendar, add your various events, and check back later to see what’s on the agenda. There are some excellent options here, including aCalendar, Calendar Widget by Home Agenda, Simple Calendar Pro, and, of course, the classic Google Calendar. Most calendar apps work the same way with some extras around the edges. It’s also a good route to go if you just need something simple. We have our list of the best calendar apps linked at the button just below.
Other OEM AI assistant apps
Other OEMs are considering or actively developing AI assistants for their smartphones. Some examples include Huawei and Xiaomi. These are more or less like Bixby. They are personal assistant apps that should come baked into the smartphones these manufacturers make. We don’t know a ton about these apps right now other than their development. Some of them come with some unique features. For instance, Xiaomi’s assistant can find photos of you from a certain time in a certain place.
We thought these would be developed at a faster speed, but it’s more and more likely that most OEMs are just going to let Google Assistant be the go-to mobile phone assistant.
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