Meet Siri’s Competition on Android: Cluzee

By , Nov 30, 2011

Android has its own Siri, at least that is what the creators of Cluzee would like you to believe. The new app is even called your “intelligent personal assistant,” and Cluzee tries to mimic many features that Siri users will recognize, including the ability to dictate text in emails and set up appointments using natural, everyday language.

Cluzee is a third party service for Android, meaning that it isn’t backed by Google. The service looks to work exactly like Siri, but the voice commands that Cluzee recognizes are much more limited than Apple’s technology.

BGR explains:

Cluzee can also search deals in line with the user’s buying habits, read emails and text messages aloud, research hotels and flights, find restaurants a user might enjoy based on his or her tastes, convert voice to text to send emails or SMS, and more. ”People are drowning in information overload,” Tronton CEO Ashish Patwa said in a statement. “We don’t need all of the information available, all of the time. We just need the right information at the right time, which Cluzee intelligently provides, making us more productive. Technology created the problem, but we’re using smarter technology to solve it.”

Cluzee becomes available on Tuesday for Android phones, and Tronton has plans to launch a cloud-based version in the future that will be accessible from any phone, tablet, computer or internet-connected device. We’ve spent the past day testing the app and it has worked quite well for us so far. The scope of available commands is far more narrow that Siri’s, but there is plenty of functionality in this first public build of the app and we have high hopes for future versions.

One of the most obvious differences between Cluzee and Siri is the fact that Cluzee acts as a standalone app, while Siri is integrated into iOS. If your smartphone is going to service as an “intelligent personal assistant,” then you better be able to access it no matter where you are in the OS.

Android has its own Voice Actions technology by Google, but you may as well be using a Windows Phone if you expect a Siri-like experience there. With Cluzee, the conversational concept of a voice assistant seems to be addressed, but Cluzee still recognizes a very limited amount of voice commands and contextual situations.

Cluzee definitely seems more promising than any other voice assistant service we’ve seen on Android, but it still has a long way to go. No need to watch your back, Siri.

Update: AndroidCentral has a great video of Cluzee in action:

Yikes.

 

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  • Anonymous

    It was about to happen and it just did. As soon as Google releases the app, Siri’s novelty is going to fade quite rapidly. Cluzee might be limited now but like as everything else from Google it will be big, better and free. I have an iPhone 4 which I like a lot, but everyday I am enjoying my Samsung Galaxy S II more and more thanks to its versatility vs. the hurdles that Apple is imposing to jailbreakers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1551240193 Jamie Petro

      “Cluzee is a third party service for Android, meaning that it isn’t backed by Google.”
      read again Dom…

      • Anonymous

        ooops lol my bad. I apologize.

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • http://twitter.com/vs511 ‘Vaibhav

    Lawsuit time :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Diakogiannis/1209608266 John Diakogiannis

    Samsungs voice control isnt bad, but i like google’s service better, at least it understands me better when im talking to text. I havnt tried cluzee, probably wont. I like the apps that are built into the phone.

  • Nicholas Damien Tunnell

    Okay, so… wow. I don’t know what to say. Oh, wait, yes I do! This is getting pretty ridiculous. Really it is. I’m not saying that I support all these long and drawn out patent wars and what not, and I’m not saying you cannot LEARN from someone else’s work and accomplishments; for both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates learned greatly from each other, especially when first starting out. However, where it starts to get out right wrong and slightly annoying for tech geeks like me, is when you literally watch someone try to completely take an idea from someone and claim it 100% percent as your own. Take for example Siri. It is very interesting to note that years after Apple acquired Siri, its owners, and also its technology, they still kept the same name. They did not try and discredit anyone and everyone that had to do with the entire project. Enter in third parties… As I said before its only human to take an already established idea and LEARN AND BUILD off of that one, however when I look at standalone apps like “Cluzee,” I get the affirming feeling that whoever created does NOT have a “let me try and make life easier” motivation for making the app. But instead, I get a very affirming feeling that this app and many of its RECENTLY BLOOMING kind have a very slighted motivation of “let’s try to capitalize off of the market/feature set that Apple seemed to set a standard for.” This is called imitation, and while it is very FLATTERING, I see it as down right DISRESPECTFUL. Finally I will leave you all with an example of IMITATION VS. LEARNING FROM INNOVATION. IMITATION= Google purchasing Android platform and then COMPLETELY CHANGING it to look and feel more like the only other mentionable touch screen phone on the market at the time, the iPhone 2G. LEARNING FROM INNOVATION= Windows Phone 7 and the late WebOS.

  • http://www.bloise.co.uk Frankie Bloise

    this app suck big a$$ time! I’ve tried in a friend’s nexus s and was force-closing all the time. What an embarrasing moment for this fella.

    To be honest, there is nothing out there that beats the simplicity of siri: we dont need to specify commands talking like robots anymore.

    • http://twitter.com/AlamarMarine Spencer Beacon

      Perhaps it should be called Clumzee

  • http://twitter.com/melovestoast Jared Floyd

    Wow. Yet another fail. At least it makes siri look better! By now, I’ve lost count of how many points I have given Siri.

  • http://twitter.com/ic0dex ic0edx

    HAHAH I just peed in my pants!!!!! He said it’s better then Siri.

  • http://twitter.com/ic0dex ic0edx

    It’s an EPIC FAIL with from the beginning. Why would you post a stupid video like this and say “this is better then Siri”.