SoundHound Releases Hound Voice Assistant to Compete with Siri, Cortana, Google Now
SoundHound has made a voice assistant of its own available to Android and iOS devices in the hopes of providing an alternate to Google-, Apple-, and Microsoft-made assistants. Hound works similarly to Google Now, Siri, and Cortana in that it listens to natural language voice requests and performs select actions in response. It can be used hands-free by stating the "Ok, Hound" catchphrase. Users can ask about the weather, search for local restaurants and their Yelp ratings, plan routes between points, seek out hotel rooms, hail Uber rides, make phone calls and send messages, perform general web searches, and even ask for mathematical calculations. SoundHound claims Hound is able to handle specific requests, such as "Show hotels in Seattle that are pet-friendly, have a gym, and cost less than $275", as well as follow-up questions. Hound is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.
Unicode 11 with Dozens of New Emoji Arrives June 5
New emoji are coming to a phone near you, eventually. Unicode 11.0, which was finalized in February, will be released on June 5, according to Emojipedia.
Microsoft Releases Cortana for Android in Beta Form
Microsoft today made its Cortana voice-activated personal assistant available to Android users via the Google Play Store beta channel. The app had previously only been available through a closed beta, but is now accessible through an open beta program.
Google Search App Understands More Natural-Language Questions
Google today said its mobile search app is better able to grasp the meaning of requests thanks to new language-recognition techniques. Google is now breaking down queries into smaller pieces to understand the semantics behind individual phrases so it can assess the intent behind the larger question.
Google Assistant On Smartphones Now Responds to 'Hey Google'
Google has updated its voice-based assistant on Android smartphones to respond to a new catchphrase. In order to activate Google Assistant by voice, smartphone owners have until now needed to speak the "Okay Google" catchphrase.
Hasn't this been out for like a year?