Google Now and Siri are two of the most revolutionary services introduced by Google and Apple, respectively.
Using these digital assistants, it has become extremely easier to handle simple to complex tasks on these devices, be it calling, messaging or even making a flight reservation. Even though these digital assistants are still young in the industry, competition has started brewing up and it is coming from unexpected quotas.
Microsoft’s Cortana is doing marvelously well and Facebook’s M has yet to spread its wings to the rest of America and the world in general. On the other hand, Amazon’s Alexa is doing quite well, but it has yet to make a serious mark in this increasingly crowded market. As these applications are still working their ways to the people, SoundHound, a company that is familiar to many when it comes to its sound recognition application, is now looking to go beyond the music industry.
The company has been running power beta tests for months and it seems the brains behind this technology are satisfied that it is time to show the world what they are capable of. SoundHound has launched a new voice-enabled digital assistant application known as Hound. With this application, the clear message is that Google Now and Siri are in trouble.
When the going gets tough
Now that the virtual assistant space is getting tougher and tougher, it will definitely take a special happening for the Hound to make it above the likes of Google Now, Siri and Cortana. However, the company behind the app, SoundHound, claims that its service already has a leg up thanks to its already established ability to take in and understand more complex queries as compared to its counterparts.
The Hound app is available on both Android and iOS and there is no doubt that it’s one of the best when it comes to handling follow-up questions.
The move by SoundHound to bring the Hound virtual assistant application to the fold shows how much people are into the virtual space. However, digital assistants are not something that people need at all times during their day-to-day interactions with their smartphones. Still, it will kind of problematic for the Hound to beat Siri on iOS or Google Now on Android. This is so because either assistants has been deeply integrated to each platform’s devices, which means accessing them only requires a tap of a button or just saying a few words, regardless of the app or screen you are on.
It gets even worse as far as iOS is concerned since on this platform, it is not possible to change the default search, but Android devices allow this tweak.
On looking at things from another angle, it is hard to accept that the Hound will at some point completely replace Google Now and Siri. However, SoundHound has mentioned that it will be partnering with third party developers to make life easier for users of not just smartphones, but also other devices such as wearables, cars, among other connected devices.
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