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SoundHound Inc. Launches Hound, The World’s Most Advanced Voice Search & Assistant App beating siri and google now


Today, SoundHound CEO Mohajer said the company is publicly releasing its Hound app, a tool that lets users search for answers to questions and complete some tasks through voice commands. Some examples include searching for restaurant results on Yelp or summoning an Uber. The app is available for Android and the iPhone.
But the popularity of the application is going to be riding on whether conversational user interfaces catch on with the public. For the most part, the entire field still feels like it’s in beta — including all the tools coming from bigger companies. But the conversational UI entering prominence is essentially is thanks to the larger tech companies that have thrown their weight against the tools, including Apple’s Siri, Google Now, and the Amazon Echo.
“We believe that using voice to interface with devices will become a widespread user behavior if it is fast and delightful,” said Keyvan Mohajer, SoundHound Inc.’s Founder and CEO. “Hound delivers a major step-change to both speed and accuracy, while doing something fundamentally different from previous voice technologies by allowing users to speak naturally and ask follow-up questions to further refine, change or complete their results. Once users no longer feel the pain points of typing on small screens and being misunderstood by older voice services, they will fall in love with Hound.”
Yelp and Uber have partnered with SoundHound Inc. to integrate their data and APIs into Hound as domains. Hound’s Yelp integration brings local search to the next level by enabling users to get very detailed and specific with their requests during local business searches, using only their voices to ask follow-up questions, exclude certain types of listings or further sort their results.
"We are excited to connect Hound users with great local businesses," said Chad Richard, SVP of Business and Corporate Development at Yelp. “Hound’s ability to rapidly respond to complex voice searches and have an iterative dialog with follow-up questions and clarifications enables people to easily get more personally relevant results and discover great new businesses on Yelp.”
In addition, the Uber integration is a first-of-its-kind mobile phone experience that allows users to inquire about and order a ride by verbally giving their pick-up location and destination, for a hands-free interaction.
Siri might be more convenient to use, especially with Apple’s own services, like Mail, Calendar, and iMessage. But you also have to perform vocal gymnastics just to get Apple’s assistant to understand what you’re asking for, and the results are much slower than Hound’s. It wouldn’t surprise me if the app is acquired by one of the tech giants for its technology, which is both reliable and accurate for hands-free searches, in order to make their own personal assistants better.
   HOUND Voice Search & Assistant- screenshot     HOUND Voice Search & Assistant- screenshot

Hound is the best way to search using your voice.
Hound is different:
• Extremely fast responses
• You speak naturally, no need to learn special keyword phrases
• Follow-up to filter, sort, or add more information to your query so you can be specific
The fastest and easiest way to get the information, entertainment, and communication services you want, Hound is built for your busy life, allowing you to get what you need and move on.
You can use it hands-free by saying, "Ok Hound…”
Features include:
• Weather + Temperature
- “What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow at 6pm?
- “How about in Hawaii during August?”
• Local Search + Yelp Restaurants
- Ask for restaurants, coffee shops, stores, and be as specific as you’d like
- You can even exclude places or that you don’t want, such as food types
- “Show Restaurants within 10 miles except for Chinese”
• Navigation (GPS) + Directions
- Ask for a destination and to navigate there seamlessly
- Get the best directions taking traffic into consideration
- “Show me directions to the nearest Starbucks”
• Hotel Search + Expedia booking
- Be specific on travel options
- “Show hotels in Seattle that are pet-friendly, have a gym, and cost less than $275”
• Uber
- Get fare estimates, journey time, speak your destination and book, all hands-free
• Make phone calls and send text messages - hands-free personal assistant
• Web searches - speak what you’re looking for instead of typing
• Calculator - easily make quick calculations through voice commands
“What is the square root of 16 minus the square root of 9?”
• And more: Video search, News search, Photo & Image search, Stock Prices, Flight status, Date and Time, Alarm and Timer, Music search including "SoundHound Now" feature - activate a music recognition search or a Sing/Hum search, Mortgage Calculator, Currency Converter, Unit Converter, Word and phrase translation, Wikipedia, Dictionary, Play interactive games… and more coming soon!
***** Praise for Hound *****
“Hound takes voice search to the next level.” - Wall Street Journal
“SoundHound Inc. just developed a crazy-powerful personal assistant.” - WIRED
“SoundHound Inc.’s new voice search app makes [others] look slow.” - The Verge