SoundHound has been developing this project for the better part of a decade
A new powerful, virtual assistant is in town as “Hound” from SoundHound and has now been released for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Android. Hound recognizes “Ok” like Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Google Now, and the speech interpretation program is also available for download now on the two most popular mobile operating systems.
Hound was previously released in July of last year as an invite-only beta. Apart from performing actions like providing weather forecast information, sending texts and setting alarms, Hound is also very capable of recognizing and responding to follow-up questions and questions.
What differentiates Hound from other personal assistants, and especially the very best of the lot like Siri, is that users do not have to utter their queries in a robotic, unnatural way. The app is powerful and intelligent enough to understand the queries put forward by the users, and it pulls up result after result from Google in a smooth, slick way. It handles the first question promptly, and it is ever-ready for the second question that arises.
Founder of SoundHound, Keyvan Mohajer, made Hound perform a series of tasks which were triggered through a series of commands. When describing Hound’s efficiency and power, Mr. Mohajer said that Hound can perform all tasks that the user gives it in one breath! To put it in perspective, the only thing that limits Hound’s power is your own breath.
In a bid to include more and more functionality to Hound, the company is working to partner up with other companies and services, so that further improvements can be made to the execution of different commands.
Siri is probably the most popular personal virtual assistant on mobile currently, but the sheer power on display in the demonstration by Hound is testament to the fact that it could prove to be a hefty competitor for the top spot. Still, it is an achievement for SoundHound to build a powerful virtual assistant, even though it has taken them almost a decade to do so.