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Hands on: Osito is your personal concierge for iPhone

Joel Mathis | April 22, 2013
There’s been a lot of talk lately about how Google Now is Android’s secret weapon in the mobile platform wars with iOS. If Siri is a digital “assistant”—taking your instructions, sending messages, and updating your calendar—Google Now is more of a concierge, reminding you of that next appointment, checking the weather for you, and generally anticipating your needs. No good idea remains unexploited for long, though, and this week brought forth Osito, a free “predictive intelligence” iPhone app that offers many of the most prominent features of Google Now.

One warning: Youll have to be somewhat specific in your own planning in order to make the app work properly. If you schedule a Meeting with Jim in your calendar, for example, you might not ever receive an alert. Instead, you have to name a locationprobably by its address, though Osito says that using a place name (Sprout Café, for example) will often do the trickin order to ensure you receive timely, useful alerts.

As you may have guessed, Ositos functions seems oriented mostly toward commuters and executives who spend a lot of time on the go. If your schedule or routine is fairly clutter-free, or if you stick close to home in most of your daily doings, Osito wont offer you much you cant already gain from a quick look at the iPhones native Calendar and Weather apps.

And certainly, its list of features isnt quite as lengthy as whats offered by Google Now. For many iPhone users, though, Osito might prove the best defensefor nowagainst the temptation to go buy a Galaxy phone.


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