AOI Browser is a convenient voice search app in which a cute little anime girl named Aoi listens to your search requests and tells you the answers. Officially, the developers refer to this as a "small-talk capable browser app." I wonder what that means.
Anyway, the app is pretty close to Android's voice search, plus it has Siri's ability to handle natural speech and features some pretty decent speech recognition.
Here's how it looks in action:
Aoi's voice is a lot cuter than Siri's...
First you have to enter your name, gender and birthday, then Aoi greets you with an "Ohayogozaimasu, __-san" each time you open up the app. A nice personalized touch, right? I wonder what she'll say to me when my birthday rolls around...
AOI Browser is perfect for finding simple facts quickly. She'll give you train information, including where you need to change trains, weather information, up-to-date pollen counts, recipes, restaurants, and a ton of other useful info.
Siri has a somewhat humorous side that makes her interesting to interact with, but Aoi's charm point is definitely her soothing cuteness.
She's my type of girl, I can't hold back any longer; I asked her on a date! Her response? She's a bit busy recently... I'm busy in April too! Yeah, no problem, I'll ask again later!
Aoi will sometimes use the wrong kanji and every once in a while will misunderstand what you say, but overall she does a pretty good job. If you can get over the slight embarrassment of speaking to your phone, voice search is probably a good deal quicker than searching by typing.
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Translation by Jason Morgan