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Forget Siri – Robin for Android does navigation, traffic, gas prices, Twitter and even jokes


Siri may be the popular girl around, and everybody wants to get to know her better. But some of us realize that there are smarter, funner girls out there. For us, Android users, one of the best options is Robin.

Robin is an app designed with drivers in mind. It uses voice in/out and gestures to allow users to communicate with their devices, helping them keep their eyes focused on the road. But what is it that makes it a worthy competitor? Robin features Navigation, real-time traffic, parking information, gas prices, weather, Twitter feed reading and even yelp reviews; all read to you out-loud by our new friend Robin.

The app works very well and it hasn’t given me any issues yet. Hey, it even told me my laughter was cute!I looked for the nearest Best Buy, asked it to navigate to downtown San Diego, and Robin even told me a few jokes.

Robin is now available in Beta, but it looks very promising for being in its testing stages. It is definitely worth a visit to the Google Play Store, as it is also free. If you would like to see more of how it works, you can check out the official video from the Magnifis team.

[Source: PRWeb]




  • HalfwayCrook

    I was going to leave a comment bashing people who want a feature like this but after watching the video… Im impressed

    • Edgar Cervantes

      Yeah it is definitely much more interesting after checking out the video.

  • samuelmaskell

    not available in canada. major bummer..

    • http://profiles.google.com/ilyaeck Ilya Eckstein

      It will be! Please be patient!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661360213 Dragoiu Liviu

        looking forward to it :)

  • Dan

    Not available in UK

    • adi19956

      nor is Siri navigation

  • MikeCiggy

    Is it using it’s own mapping and navigation system? Or is it using Google Apps. Im very interested in a voice app that can actually communicate with existing apps on my phone.

  • Siddharth Motwani

    I was comparing this to Siri on my mother’s phone, and I don’t want to sound like a fanboy, but Siri has nothing on Robin.

    • Brian S.

      youre just speaking facts

    • philnolan3d

      But what does Robin have on SpeakToIt Assistant?

  • JulianZHuang

    nobody give a s* about google voice action back then and after apple released siri, everyone give a s* about it…..

    • shonangreg

      So, what is your point? Humanity is fickle? Apple has good PR? Google has lots of under-utilized services that could be more widely used than they currently are?

      • http://twitter.com/1spartyfan Gary Berlin

        used on my galaxy nexus and worked great great find thank you.

    • IronHorse01

      Haha they talked a lot of shit about Siri yet now there are half a dozen voice recognition apps on their market and all of them trying to mimick Siri. Yet they all sound retarded lol

    • leaponover

      Uh yeah, it’s a common market strategy to make something consumers don’t know they need yet… It’s been happening for over a 100 years lmao, you are just realizing this now?

    • http://www.mark717.com Mark Seven

      Nobody gives a sh*t about what u have to say either… So what’s your point?

      • JulianZHuang

        You do because you replied.

    • slaguru

      If Apple has it then its shite. If Google does its amazing, and how Apple should have done it, and free, and better and been on Android for years and just better you ‘iSheep’

      :-)

      • JulianZHuang

        The problem is their marketing strategy. Yes we got it first, but they made it popular. And then people follow. How many “voice action app” before siri and how many there are now?

        • slaguru

          Who honestly cares who got what first. Would it not be better if Siri was amazing, then Google would have to fight back with a better solution.
          All this Android had it first crap is old and pathetic. Siri does work ok, not perfect but ok, and on IOS6 its better then ok. Game on Google.

  • Alvaro Orozco

    Assistant is far better than both siri…and robin try it.

    • bob

      Assistant is awful…

  • OMFCody

    Not avalible in Canada………………………

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaytai Jason Asianface

    Just tested it out. It has potential but still not that great yet.

  • Nelson Ricciardi

    What is the holder she is using? Never seen anything like it.

  • Eric Wrye

    Pretty cool – a little simpler maybe than EVA / AVX but can’t do near as much. But of course, a lot cheaper since it’s free, though EVA & AVX do have free 28 day trials…

  • Brandon James Starcevic

    Not in Canada

  • Jose Garcia

    I actually installed this yesterday and let me tell you, it was horrible. I believe in the future this app may get better but for now speaktoit is way better.

  • json405

    i definitely like the gestures. I’m curious to see how they are going to improve this app.

  • ColtonWalker

    Since its still in beta i will give it a pass but 80% of the time i have to repeat myself because it didnt register. On the whole though very promising cant wait till its ready

  • Keita123

    If this dude would just pipe down for sec.

  • WHO?

    Yea……. Couldnt find gas stations, couldnt tell me time to get to places, hand wave works perfect, couldn’t tell me what movies are playing, send text or emails does nothing but open app….it was fun testing it but same as others. Google voice actions is still the best since they all use the same voice engine. And it dosent work like the video lol ALso its not okie DOC its Okie DOKIE

  • DefaultUser

    21 comments and no one mentioning how cute that girl is? I thought Android had reached outside of nerdville ;)

    • nerijus ogilba

      cute?! oh well u cant argue with taste

  • DefaultUser

    Not compatible with Galaxy Nexus. Wow. Fail.

    • http://twitter.com/kevgr75 kevin

      no way

    • Andzzzz

      How is it fail? It’s a beta. They test on a small number of phones first. Ironically, Siri doesn’t work on ONE phone it was built for. uFail.

      • DefaultUser

        If you seriously can’t understand how not having the app work on the Android reference/developer phone is a fail, then I guess I’m talking to a wall here. I didn’t mention anything about Siri, don’t know why you dragged that in here.

        • malcmilli

          because anytime someone has anything bad to say about anything related to android they must be an apple fanboy…. because android is perfect in every way in its current state….

          • bluevoodo

            Preach!!!! The only way to improve Android is criticize its weak points in order for Google to improve android.

        • slaguru

          Apple fanboy..

          You love Siri by the fact that you don’t like something in the Androidshere, hence Apple fanboy.

          Remember that we have no room for facts and logical civilized conversation here, dis Android and its the the ‘iSheep’ label for you.

          :-)

    • Andzzzz

      Another bit of irony is it works my old OG Droid. Enjoy that Nexless..

    • http://twitter.com/mueron Aaron Gulotta

      i downloaded yesterday with galaxy nexus. seems to work just fine for me?

    • The360King

      It doesn’t work on yours. It works fine for on my Galaxy Nexus and others. Have you upgraded to 4.04 yet?

  • JaysonF

    So Cafe de la Presse is too expensive, they search for a cheaper alternative, but still end up going to Cafe de la Presse! Haha

    • PC_Tool

      Parking. They found cheaper parking… :-P

  • Playa93 Playa93

    Google should buy this and integrate it to ALL Android devices in ALL countries :)

    • adi19956

      they have their own li’l project going though, so no point

  • shawn tome

    not bad..still room for improvement..waiting for apple lawsuits.
    ehen you ask robin where us siri…me and siri go wayback…good stuff

  • RitishOemraw

    Sounds great, but I won’t give it a try, first I hardly drive, second I drive even less with my navigation on, third with Google I/O around the corner I am waiting for Majel to make an appearance and blow me away

  • http://www.facebook.com/ngh007 Niharika Ghose

    A couple of possible issues – as always with verbal – accent problems? And what happens if someone calls during navigation etc?

    • vioalas

      …BETA. Just saying. You had good points, but it’s a beta, give them feedback.

      • WHO?

        Should be Alpha it it cant do simple commands.

  • IronHorse01

    Haha all you nerds bashed siri so much when it released yet after it came out we’ve seen cheap siri nock off after cheap off trying to imitate it, pathetic :D

  • ecdy

    Forget Robin. I’m in love with that real girl.

  • http://twitter.com/blackmar07 Samuel Mosley

    amazing. its so fast. and accurate.

  • philnolan3d

    OK I was skeptical but the video won me over and I downloaded. my first test, “where is the nearest coffee shop”. The voice sounded pretty good and intelligent but it gave me a coffee shop 19 miles away and several further away when I know there is a Starbucks and a Saxby’s within 3 miles of here.

    • fredphoesh

      it probably knows starbucks barely qualifies as coffee ;)

  • challenge_accepted

    I’ve been using Jeanie and its the best I’ve found.

  • bob

    wtf?!?! This app freaking sucked hard! fell flat on its face in every aspect. user interface is crap response timing to input is light years off accuracy was almost 0%. what a complete piece of junk. I’ve never used Siri but I’ll eat a steaming fresh pile of dog poop if robin is better then siri. by far the worst assistant I’ve ever tried.

    • CalypsoArt

      Wow! If this is how you respond to experimenting with free beta app. I wonder what you would do if you said “hold the mayo” on your burger and they didn’t.

      • bob

        I’m not responding to the app as much as I am the articles claim that Robin is better then Siri. I find that to be incredibly unlikely if not impossible. BTW I like mayonnaise on my sandwiches.

  • fredphoesh

    “This Device is Incompatible with ALL your Devices” ????
    erm, SGS1, SGS2, HP Touchpad, I think NOT.
    Very odd…

  • TimTheK

    Am I the only one who is amazed by people who mount phones and navigation screens on their windshield under the rearview mirror? Don’t they need to SEE out the front of the vehicle?

    Maybe its just the angle on the video in this case, but I see it all the time, especially with portable navigation devices.

  • UniBroW

    didn’t work with my bluetooth headset, rendering this completely useless for me while I’m in my car. seems okay otherwise

  • Moosejaw

    O.k., heading there now. Have been happy with Vlingo but always open to newer, faster and better.

  • RichHeimlich

    I always see these recommendations from this site and, so far, none of them have panned out–not a single one. I then see this one and I’ve tried every digital assistant out there. However, I don’t even think I’m going to try this one yet. Why? Look at the reviews? A total of 80 5-star and 40 1-star. Are you joking? If I see more than 10% I start getting concerned.

    • bob

      Good choice… Was a complete waste of time.

  • phinn

    I though Iris was supposed to be the best project, now it’s Robin? I wish somehow they would coordinate efforts into one. I know that’s the beauty of Android, but it’s hard to keep up =)