[APPS] Robin, Siri's Competitor, Delivers the Goods

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    We’ve all seen the endless stream of Android apps aimed at competing with Siri, and like Siri itself, they often fail to deliver. We'd like to introduce the latest competitor known as Robin. Robin puts the focus on searching via voice while you’re behind the wheel. First off that's a good thing, right? Of course it is, but does it deliver? It does indeed. Robin is available in the Play Store for FREE, and if that isn't enough the app takes a very novel approach on how you input voice commands to commence a search query. You simply wave your hand above the phone, and voila, you are prompted by a pleasing female voice.

    Some of the great features of Robin include:
    • Find everything from Movie Theaters to Gas Stations (the latter displays the price of gas on the map)
    • Telling Robin to navigate to the nearest point of interest automatically brings up Android’s built-in Navigation app
    • Provide traffic information, local weather and what the temps are like at your destination
    • Reminders
    • Read your Twitter Feed
    The app is still in beta and it does have it's quirks (hand swipes not registering, not understanding voice commands), but as more users jump onboard and the bugs get worked out, Robin should prove to be an excellent app. It is a large download at 22 MB's but it's well worth the space. We'd love to see users feedback after using the app. Have fun!
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    How does it compare to Skyvi?
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    Wondering this as well.
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    So it's made for use while driving, yet encourages you to take your eyes off the road and your hand off the wheel? Yeah, about that...

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    Some people only drive with one hand anyway, like me. Cuz I drive a 5 speed. :3

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    Ive been playing around with this, this afternoon and so far I like it. Once they work out the kinks and "teach" it more, I believe it will be one of the best on android.
    The navigation has been spot on. Havent been able to get it to read twitter yet, but still playing with it.
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    Think I may give it a try. Can anyone give a comparison as to how robin stacks up to skyvi?
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    can someone post the apk file for me? i havent been able to download anything from the play store for a while...always tells me "Error processing purchase. [DF-BPA-09]"
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    I have to admit this looks really cool. I especially like that you can repeat a certain part of a question (how much was that again), and it was able to remember that stuff.
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    I hate to be a negative voice, but so far anyway, I can get many of the same results by saying the same things to a normal google voice search. "What's the weather forecast?" "What's the temperature in Phoenix, AZ?", "Find a gas station". The ability to dial and set reminders/alarms does have some appeal though.
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    I recall looking at this when it came out and the reviews on GooglePlay were not positive.
    Although limited, VlingoLabs is the most useful I've found so far.
    Need to look into Robin for myself.
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    Holy Voice Commands Batman. Nice find.
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