Jan 03 AT 1:40 PM Edgar Cervantes 23 Comments

Iris to partner with ChaCha for ultimate Q&A Android app


Soon after the announcement of Apple’s feature of the year, Siri, Dexetra released its Android counter-app, Iris. Even though it only took 8 hours to make, and it is in alpha, the app became highly popular. Whether this is due to its stirring name (read it backwards) or its fun uses, there is no doubt that it was not due to its usability. The app had many issues, and that is something Dexetra’s partnership with ChaCha will fix.

Dexetra and ChaCha have decided to partner up to create the ultimate Q&A app. ChaCha is currently one of the best in its category, owing an “immense database.” Thanks to this partnership, questions asked via the Iris app will be directed toward the ChaCha database, making its conversational Q&A features much more efficient and useful than before.

Many of you have probably downloaded this app. It has over a million downloads in the Android Market, many of them within the last few days (oddly enough). Surely, you have realized that the app was good, but needed a lot of polishing, and its answers were not very accurate. I certainly would not use it as a daily driver; I used it mostly during my down times at home for fun.

This partnership will definitely be a great improvement for Iris, probably making it much more productive. In fact, the press release claims that “the innovative Q&A element from ChaCha will allow Iris to be the world’s most intelligent voice assistant.” Now those are some big claims. Here’s what the big guys have to say:

ChaCha’s massive database of quality answers will add a lot of value to the Iris app. This partnership will not only benefit Iris, but Dexetra as well and it is an honor to work with this groundbreaking company.Narayan BabuDexetra CEO
We are thrilled to work with Dexetra to pioneer our Q&A capabilities with a voice-powered search engine. We look forward to bringing a new standard of quality to conversational Q&A through this partnership.Scott A. JonesChaCha CEO

Let’s see if Iris reaches Beta in the near future and, hopefully, the full version soon afterwards. Surely things will look very competitive when Google’s Majel makes its way out. Options are always good, though, and with ChaCha on its side, Iris is sure to take some big steps.

If you want to see what Iris is all about, head over to the market and try it out. Link is posted right below.


Hit the source link for more details, and let us know what you think. Was Iris functional enough for you before? Will you be using this app more often if it proves to be better?

Via: BusinessWire

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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    • droilfade

      How very true!

      • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

        This could help Iris app gain that usability that makes it a true contender for SIRI and any other similar app (Majel from Google). It will make it stand out of the crowd. This is the best news for today.

    • epps720

      Once they fully integrate ChaCha and get it out of Alpha I think this thing could be great. I’ve used ChaCha before and it’s amazingly accurate.

  • droilfade

    Iris is fun to play with but it gets boring after a while…just like iphone users forget about their “personal assistant” after a week. I really hope they can think out of the box and come out with something spectacular!

  • cherrytree

    My opinion is that nobody really needs this “assistant”. Its just to play around a while! Nut mot to make my calender entries. Will no speak with my phone in the metro! Its better to speak with ither people then with the phone! Just my opinion!

    • AsakuraZero

      the idea of majel to me would be nice, so in the car i can order “computer Kill whatsapp” >_> because that app give me problems every 30 mins

  • stenzor

    I’ve been wanting for a while to be able to use ChaCha in Canada.. this will be great, and will make iris into less of a toy and more of a useful tool

    • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

      Yeah, the whole idea up until this point has seemed like a novelty. Hopefully this will push it past that.

  • Shay D. Life

    I think all personal assistant apps are a great idea, they just lose their luster after awhile unless they rally do what’s needed accurately. Good to see two dev teams teaming up for the cause though.

  • cristian cristiandonose

    And i will still not use it. I think its stupid to talk to a phone like that, Not even Apple hasnt gain succes with their Siri.

  • Jongjungbu

    Only drawback here is that ChaCha is a horrible question-answer service. A lot of people don’t know the answer they’re getting might even be wrong, because half the time unfortunately it actually is (or it’s a cookie cutter evasive/generalized answer).

    You’re much better off doing a voice search of Google and following up any of those hits. At least there’s no charge as well (if you were doing it via SMS).

  • seven2k

    Seems like a project that might need MANY testers. I for one will volunteer. Mire questions the better.

  • jeff.j1990

    Hey! Why is “Google” missing from the list of “Powered by” services ?

  • xulsolar

    I’ve uninstall this app because it’d changed the permissions and most of them are totally unnecessary. I hope the Iris companion change the permissions to something less suspicious.

  • Billy

    I like the idea personal assistant apps especially for handsfree operation. I think Siri & Iris are only the tip of the iceberg. As these technologies become more robust and sophisticated they will prove valuable in everyday use.

    I have not tried Iris yet but played with Siri plenty … about to install and check it out. Hope it works on the gnex….

  • KPeter0314

    I’ve been playing with this one in a car dock during my commute and it is entertaining. I’m really looking forward to Majel though. I just love _that_ name.

  • raptor

    And now come 1 million of halfcooked copycats.

  • Cwalden21

    Haha intriguing name!!

  • corey

    Wow..Siri spelled backwards…

  • vid500

    I have used it and it’s what you expect, really more a toy (like Siri) as something I would use on a daily basis. But I’m curious of Majel he could have the power and integraton that could be usefull.

  • Tariq

    If only they can get there accuracy right. I mean I’ve used a few similar apps as well as iris and so far they only understand one sentence in about five correctly ,so if they can get it to learn by its own mistakes as it goes it’s on to something but if it’s just gonna fumble it’s way through life getting the majority of its voice input wrong, well then it’s going to remain a short term play toy . The kind you look at for a few days and forget. There’s nothing more embarassing than getting it wrong again and again while showing it to a friend

  • jawabba

    I don’t know why buy I always looked at these as a toy for the uneducated. I can see old people and people new to Android using it, but it not catching on with the general population that has used 2-3 or more Android phones.