Virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Now are still in an awkward phase. They’re useful for controlling your stereo, answering the occasional trivia question, or warning you about traffic, but they still don’t have the intelligence or access necessary to really anticipate your biggest needs. It’s nothing…
Android/iOS: Hound is fast—really fast—and while your phone probably already comes with its own virtual assistant, Hound integrates with services like Uber and Yelp. The team behind it hopes more will follow, for a truly cross-platform assistant that does the same work for you on any device.
Web/Android/iOS (Coming Soon): One of the best things about Google Now is that it floats useful information right when you need it. Gluru is a new app and web service that wants to do the same, just for your productive life, by pulling from Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Google Calendar, and more.
Having an assistant to help with your daily tasks seems like a luxury, but new online services are quickly making it easier to get a little help when you need it. Sites like Fancy Hands or TaskRabbit are bringing online or “virtual” assistants to the masses.
iOS: Siri is a solid personal assistant, but she's not perfect. Wondervoice is a hands-free assistant that picks up where she left off and adds some common hands-free needs, like finding parking while you're driving, playing music via YouTube or Spotify, reading (or updating) Facebook, and more.