Iris review [Android]
Coded in response to Apple’s Siri, Iris is Android’s very own voice-activated assistant. But is it any good? We review it to find out
Brilliance innovates, but genius steals. That old saying is particularly apt when reviewing Iris, a new speaking assistant application for Android. If the name isn’t a big enough giveaway (read it backwards), Iris is essentially a reaction to the recent launch of Siri on the iPhone.
In case you didn’t know already, Siri is a virtual assistant that can control elements of your phone’s functionality with your voice.
While this element of Siri is useful, it’s not entirely original - Android users have had voice control for ages. What has made Siri grab the hearts and minds of iPhone users the world over is its ability to indulge in small-talk and crack jokes.
Iris has been coded to replicate this same talent. The app is perfectly comfortable taking part in inane conversation, and although there are moments when it fails to accurately understand what you’re saying, on the whole it’s very impressive.
You can still send text messages and make calls using Iris and there’s the option to perform web searches on various subjects and people.