10/20/2011 11:19 am ET | Updated Dec 19, 2011

Siri Alternatives: 5 Assistants For Android And iPhone That Use Voice Recognition

Everyone is talking about Siri on the iPhone 4S. For some, the virtual voice assistant is the number-one reason why many chose to upgrade to the newest Apple smartphone.

Virtual assistants that can get things done and can understand natural speech are not limited to the iPhone 4S, however: There is a solid selection of third-party apps for both Android and iOS that can accomplish much of what Siri can (though obviously not with the same level of ground-floor integration into the system as Siri).

If you're finding your iPhone's Voice Control or your Android's Voice Actions lacking for whatever reason, check out these Siri alternatives: