A new voice assistant app has been causing quite a stir after a video called "Hound Internal Demo" surfaced on YouTube a couple of days ago. The app is by SoundHound, who are mostly known for creating the music-identification app that isn't Shazam, and has been ten years in the making.
The app is like Siri in that you can set it to do tasks and reminders, but it's more than that too.
In the demonstration above the guy takes no prisoners when it comes to asking it questions, some of which are incredibly detailed and quite complex. He's very demanding. Yet Hound has no trouble answering them and is quick (and by 'quick' i mean 'QUICK'), and conversational, in its response too.
Think 'Siri on speed'.
And that's where it seems to stick out from its competitors, the speed, accuracy, and colloquial style with which it can answer complex questions. It's impressive and you feel it may be the app to usher in a new age for voice assistants, where they go from being a fun gimmick to something that's actually useful, possibly becoming an integral part of our everyday lives.
The app is in private beta stage at the moment and only available on Android, but will soon be coming to iOS.
You can find out more about it in the video below.