Life is busy. The demands of work, school and family, in addition to our personal goals, seem to occupy all the hours in the day. Thankfully, we live in the era of the smartphone. With the right personal assistant app, you can take on everything life throws your way and still have a little time to relax.
Assistant is an Android personal assistant app that puts a virtual personal assistant to work for you. “Don’t be thrown off by the cute looking assistant shown in the screenshots, this app brings some serious firepower when it comes to voice assisting,” writes Billa from Joy of Android. “The app needs permission to access almost everything on your phone, but that is because it will assist you in everything. Want to make an appointment? The Assistant is here to help. Want to set an alarm? Sure the assistant can do that too.”
This app notes your current environment to make relevant suggestions, and it’s one of the only Android apps that remembers your preferences.
Available on: Android
Price: Free with In-App Purchases
Speaktoit is a great alternative to Siri, allowing you to use voice commands to tell the app what you want it to do. “So, for example, you could teach your phone to pull up its camera when you say the word ‘cheese,’ read the news when you say ‘what’s the latest?’ or search Google Maps when you say ‘where is the nearest gas station?’” according to Steve O’Hear. Speaktoit has a translate feature, and it also is known for its calendar and task handling, making it easy to remember when to pick up the kids, what days you have company coming to town, and even when to clean out the self-storage unit.
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Price: Free (Premium Upgrade is $2/month or $20/year)
EasilyDo monitors the traffic during your commute, notifies you about weather, and lets you know when packages are delivered. It also synchronizes with your e-mail (it works with all e-mail providers) as well as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Evernote. “The more you dig into EasilyDo — past basic features such as estimates of driving time for your commute — the more interesting it gets,” writes Time technologizer Harry McCracken. “Starting with version 3.0, you can set it up to alert you to e-mail that meets certain conditions, such as messages from specific people. You can tell it to send a text message when you leave a particular location after a specified hour, which is a handy way to alert your spouse that you’re on the way home. It can also scan your inbox for e-mails about bills and then remind you to pay them.”
Available On: iOS, Android
Price: Free (Premium Upgrade is $4.99/month or $49/year)
This free iPhone app helps you keep track of your tasks and serves as a personal assistant, helping you schedule events, remember birthdays on social media, pay your bills on time, and keep up with your to-do list. “Then there are the enhancements that put 24me above the realm of simple to-do list keeper,” according to PCMag writer Jill Duffy. “Link the app to Facebook, for example, and you’ll automatically get reminders of upcoming birthdays. Hook into TaskRabbit to outsource small, odd jobs. Connect to credit cards and banks to see reminders of upcoming bills (this piece works in conjunction with Check, formerly Pageonce), or frequent flier programs to keep tabs on when your miles might expire.”
Available On: iOS
Stop cluttering your brain with tons of random information and opt instead for a personal assistant app. Available in all price ranges and on all devices, you can finally tackle the busy demands of your life without feeling like you’re running in circles. Take control of your schedule and you’ll find you even have time to tackle those things that sometimes get pre-empted, like cleaning out the storage unit. It’s all possible when you find the personal assistant app that’s right for you.