One of the greatest features of the iPhone 4S today is the Siri, a voice assistant app that is exclusive to Apple. This means that if you want this app, but don’t own an iPhone 4S, then there is now chance of having it. But it looks like there are some talented people listening because one developer has created a similar app to cater to Windows Phone uses and it’s called “Ask Ziggy”.
Developer Shai Leib created Ask Ziggy, which is a free app (and even ad-free) and is completely unique because it will make the user feel smart. According to Leib, the app uses Speech Recognition so it can translate a human speech into a transcribed text that is displayed in a speech bubble. From here, the text is analyzed for patterns so it can detect commands and general queries. The commands are then interpreted and proceed to routine phone tasks such social networking sites, emailing, incoming called, text messages and getting directions.
But that is just the tip of the iceberg because it can do more. If your question is not specific and is too general, Ziggy will search the web for relevant responses that will satisfy your curiosity. When a concise answer has been found, it will display it in a speech bubble. If not, the user is “prompted by speech to click on their search bubble to see web search results based on their spoken query”. This is very useful if you’re looking for answers on mathematical questions, looking for answers on a random trivia, getting some flight status, looking for a certain place or posting in social networking sites.
For now, there are still some improvements to be done. But for a first try, Ask Ziggy is looking quite good and has potential in the future. The older version of this app is now available for free. But if you want to newer one, you can just wait for it to arrive in a few weeks. That’s not the end of it because Leib has more plans for his baby and it can be enhanced more.