Sherpa, the personal assistant app for Android that rivals Apple’s Siri, is now available in the UK, first launching in beta.
When talking to your smartphone, Sherpa will interpret what you’re actually saying and return useful results, rather than just giving you a return of links.
Not only is the app plugged into much of what your phone will do, so you can dictate an SMS, or have it read your messages to you, but you can speak calendar additions, ask it to navigate you to your next appointment or simply ask it questions about the weather, sports or flights.
Effectively, Sherpa looks to replace much of what you might do through some of the native Google offerings, like Google Now, so you can simply ask the phone for the information you want.
Sherpa Answers questions 10 times faster than other assistants.

• We read and send messages for you.
• We send emails for you.
• We search flights for you.
• We give you direction to wherever you want.
• We publish messages on your Facebook wall.
• We read your Tweets.
• Want to watch TV? Just ask us.
• We open your applications.
• We do calculations for you.
• We send your WhatsApp messages.
• Want to know what is happening in around the world? We get you the news for you.
• Do you need a dictionary or translator? We tell you the meaning of words that you ask for and we even translate into other languages.

Sherpa has no trouble in interpreting what’s being said.
One aspect that’s useful is the ability to pull out information through cards. Ask about a person, or a place, and you’ll get the information nicely returned. You can also mix and match voice commands and text, for example if there’s a word you can’t pronounce.
Sherpa also gives you access to things you’ve just asked for, so you can scroll down, meaning you get more control than you do from something like Apple’s Siri, which tends to hide behind the top layer of what it thinks you want.
You’ll also be able to dictate updates for social networks, or ask Sherpa to show you things like your mentions on Twitter.


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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini