Can You Get Siri for Android Smartphones?

Here are some alternatives

With the rise of Siri, Alexa, Google Now, and similar technologies, it's clear that being able to control our phones (and other devices!) by speaking to them is one of the next big things in technology. Owners of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and HomePods can use Siri to ​get information from the web, launch apps, perform shortcut actions, play music, get directions, and much more. 

As with any cool, powerful technology like this, people who don't have iPhones and may wonder whether they can get Siri for Android or other smartphone platforms like Windows Phone or BlackBerry.

The short answer is: no, there's no Siri for Android or other non-iPhone platforms — and there probably never will be. But that doesn't mean that users of other smartphones can't have virtual assistant a lot like — and sometimes even better than — Siri. 

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Curious about your options for using other Apple software, like iTunes and its content, on Android devices? Learn more in Got Android? Here Are the iTunes Features That Work For You.

Why Siri Only Runs on Apple Devices

Siri will probably never work on any mobile operating system other than iOS, or desktop operating system other than macOS, because Siri is a major competitive differentiator for Apple. If you want all the cool things Siri does, you have to buy an iPhone or other Apple device. Apple makes the largest part of its money on hardware sales, so allowing such a compelling feature to run on its competitor's hardware would hurt its bottom line. And that's not something Apple — or any smart business — does intentionally.

Even though there's no Siri for Android or other smartphone platforms, each of those other phones have their own built-in, voice-activated intelligent assistants. In some cases, there are actually multiple options for each platform. Here's some more information about the tools that provide Siri-style functionality on any smartphones.​

Alternatives to Siri for Android

Android has by far the most options for voice assistants like Siri. Here's a look at some of the most popular ones.

  • Bixby: Bixby is Samsung's virtual assistant, built to challenge Android's built-in Google Assistant. It is built into many Samsung phones, and can also be installed on other Android devices via an app.​
  • Cortana: Originally developed by Microsoft for its Windows Phone operating system, Cortana is now available on many platforms, including Android and iOS.
  • Google Assistant: Unlike Siri, which basically does what you ask it, Google Assistant tries to learn your habits and adapt to them. For instance, once Google Assistant gets to know your commuting patterns, it can provide traffic details or subway schedules before you leave the house. Pretty handy. It comes with most Android phones.​
  • Robin​:​ There are a few voice-activated assistants created by companies that don't also build smartphone OSes, such as Robin. Robin is designed specifically to help perform tasks on a smartphone while you drive, such as getting directions, finding restaurants and stores, and sending texts. ​View at Google Play.
  • Alexa: Amazon's Alexa, built into its echo series of products, comes with Amazon's Fire tablets and other products. Alexa can also be downloaded and run on Android systems.

Beware: There Are Lots of Fake Siri Apps

If you search the Google Play store and the Windows Phone app store for "Siri" you may find a number of apps with Siri in their names. But watch out: those aren't Siri.

Those are apps with voice features that are comparing themselves to Siri (for a short time, one even claimed to be the official Siri for Android) to piggyback on its popularity and name recognition and to entice Android and Windows Phone users looking for Siri-type features. No matter what they say, they're definitely not Siri and they're not made by Apple.

Unlike with Android or Windows Phone, there aren't any apps in BlackBerry App World (that platform's app store) claiming to be Siri. There are, of course, some voice-activated apps for the BlackBerry, but none of them are as sophisticated or powerful as or claim to actually be, Siri.

Alternatives to Siri on iPhone

Siri was the first of these assistants to hit the market, so in some ways, it hasn't been able to take advantage of technological advances that are available to its competitors. Because of that, many people say that Google Now and Cortana are superior to Siri.​

Owners of iPhones are in luck, though: both Google Now and Cortana are available for iPhone. You can get Google Now as part of the Google Search app (download at the App Store), while Cortana is a standalone option. You can also get Alexa, the intelligent assistant built into Amazon's line of Echo devices (among many other devices), as a standalone iPhone app. Download these apps and compare the smart assistants for yourself.

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