Here at Android Police, we love Google Now (and all the associated voice actions), but the natural language could use a bit of sprucing up. If you'd like to try an alternative voice assistant, Indigo may grab your attention on this front. The pitch here is that the app remembers your conversations and can sync those inquiries across devices.

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If you ask a question like, "Where can I find Indian food around here?" you'll get a list of results. Tap on the one you're most interested in. You can then follow that up with "How can I get there?" From the context of your last question, the app can understand that "there" is "the indian restaurant." It even works if you switch devices, provided they're both logged in to the same account.

The app also has a bit of conversational flair to it, much like Siri (and which Google intentionally avoids). Ask it playful questions and you get playful answers. Though in my tests, this caused a bit of trouble when I tried to ask "When does Iron Man 3 come out?" Indigo replied "Can we talk about something else?" Huh. Weird. After a few tests I discovered that Indigo seemed to be interpreting "come out" not as "be released in theaters" but as "come out of the closet." Being unwilling to speculate on the sexual orientation of a movie, Indigo politely declined. Hey, you know, that's cool. Gossip is rude and I wouldn't want to offend the film.

Indigo is free on the Play Store and currently touts itself as a beta app.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Matt Alexander

    Maybe it was disappointed by Iron Man 2

  • http://twitter.com/NothAU Tony

    It definitely still has some bugs in it. My fiancee wanted to compliment it, and... https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BIf4-4ICYAAKMv2.jpg

    • PhoenixPath

      You realize your now on a number of government lists for that little compliment...

      Oops... ;-)

    • dextersgenius

      What did your fiancee say exactly?

      • http://twitter.com/NothAU Tony

        She said "Your mother raised you right" for some reason

        • dextersgenius

          Hmm, when I say it it gets it as "Your mother raised your right"

          Edit: Now it thinks I said "Your mother teresa wright".
          Boy, is it inconsistent or what.

          • http://twitter.com/NothAU Tony

            Difference in accents perhaps?
            Mine is Male Australian English, hit or miss when it comes to recognising anything.
            Hers is Female Canadian English, seems to be more accurate, but still has it's flaws, as you can see above

  • icyrock1

    Love clever bot. Funny stuff. Tho, I just wish Jarvis would come to android sometime. Kicks Siri's, google now's, and pretty much anyone's ass. :P

  • Owen Finn

    I wish I could have this replace S-Voice on my S3 stock ROM...

    • primalxconvoy

      I've got a note 2 and when I used voice assistants, I never used s-voice.

      • Owen Finn

        But on the S3, the Home button only brings up S-Voice...

        • primalxconvoy

          My home button brings up my home screen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mattpet Matt Dowdy

      use home2shortcut https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eikatou0.appspot.home2shortcut&hl=en and stop s-voice from activating via the home button in s-voice settings and that should be what you're after

  • Jimmy Li
  • http://www.facebook.com/leonardob0880 Leonardo Baez

    i will try it.... lets see how it does with latin american spanish

  • primalxconvoy

    If, like me, you'd rather earth razorblades than trust Google voice search, you'll be pleased to know that unlike Skyvi and the_ other competition, this app can do voice search without Google voice search being downloaded. Great stuff.