We all know SoundHound as a music search and discovery app that identifies what is being played around you. Today, SoundHound revealed a new voice search assistant named Hound which they have been working for past several years. Just like Cortana, Hound gives you results to what you ask for, such as looking up the weather, placing a phone call, sending a text message, finding a hotel and more.
Hound understands both context and details. You can follow up to refine your results, or you can say precisely what you want all at once. Hound takes speed and accuracy to a whole new level by combining Speech Recognition and Language Understanding.
Hound’s Speech-to-Meaning engine delivers unrivaled speed and accuracy. Speech recognition and natural language understanding is done simultaneously and in real time. Compared to traditional approaches that perform speech recognition first, then send the result to a search or understanding engine, Hound does it immediately. You experience speed and accuracy.
You can speak naturally. No need to speak in fragmented key-words. Hound has the ability to handle natural language sentences, including details, specifics, and multiple criteria (think, for example, of describing the hotel you want to find to have a gym, free-wi-fi and be less than $200 a night). Hound can even understand exclusions and negation (for example, if you want to find a place for lunch, but since you’ve had Chinese all week, you can say “show me restaurants nearby, excluding Chinese places”). This empowers you to really get what you’re searching for, quicker and with a great experience.
For now, Hound is in Google play but beat only and not available to all devices, however it will be coming to Android in preview soon and iOS devices later on. There is no information on whether Hound will come to Windows devices.
If your country is not included in the Google Play you can get it at APKMirror here
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini
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