Siri competitor Indigo offers personal assistant services for Android and Windows users

BARCELONA—We all could probably use a personal assistant at times and, while all major smartphone OSes have voice functionality, they’re not always effective in performing day-to-day practical tasks.

Those of us who could use a virtual helping hand would do well to pounce on Indigo, a voice-activated personal assistant app that works on Android and Windows phones and tablets.

Artificial Solutions, Indigo's creator, says the personal assistant app can help you make appointments, reminders, alarms, and notes. Artificial Solutions is known for its work in creating virtual customer service agents for companies such as Ikea and Vodaphone, and has used its expertise in natural language to develop Indigo for consumers.

How it works

Indigo is device- and OS- independent so it can be used across a variety of gadgets (not including iOS gear which already uses Siri).

In a brief demo provided to us by the company here at Mobile World Congress, we saw that not only can you scroll up the app to see what you’ve already asked Indigo, but that it also remembers context.

For example, if you ask Indigo what time a movie is playing near you, then later pick up your device and ask “Who is starring in that?” it will understand that you are referencing your previous inquiry and provide you with a response.

Previous questions are stored, and common questions (such as “What will the weather be like tomorrow?”) can be tagged as favorites. Likewise, you can ask a question on your computer, and then pick up your smartphone to seamlessly continue the conversation seamlessly.

In addition to finding information, Indigo can also be used to update social media, manage contacts, calendars, reminders, as well as maps, weather, and alarms. It also can be used to send text messages.

The company says Indigo also can make an appointment, add that to your phone's calendar, and invite contacts, as well as recommend restaurants, record programs on your smart TV, and play music (via its connection to Spotify).

The cloud-based app will be released in beta in the next week, and will be available to Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry users, as well as for use on computers and smart TVs.

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