Siri rival launched by Android development team

Iris' creation was apparently inspired by all the tweets and messages about how Apple had come up with the 'amazing Siri'

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Siri rival launched by Android development team Iris was reportedly created a mere eight hours after Apple launched the iPhone 4S and Siri
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  October 25, 2011

Android developer team Dexetra has created what can best be described as a clone of Apple's Siri.

Siri is a major feature on the iPhone 4S that Apple hopes will boost sales of the new smartphone. It is not available as a downloadable app for previous generation iPhones at the time of going to press.  

When Apple launched the iPhone 4S the web seemed awash with millions of tweets about the "Amazing Siri". As a result Dexetra took it upon itself to respond to the craze and make Android fans proud. The team managed to cook up an Android alternative in a mere eight hours.

The result of Dexetra's hard work is Iris (which is Siri said backwards). Dexetra says on its blog, "Suddenly, I got the urge to do something similar for Android. Since we have been working on NLP and machine learning for over an year now, I had a crazy belief that I could pull this off. Somehow I managed to write a tiny engine that could answer your questions, digging the results from the web." In eight hours Dexetra had "created a decent layout and design," and added voice input, text-to-speech and "a lot of heuristic humor."

Dexetra has already submitted Iris to the Android Market, where it is now available for download.

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