Convergence of our on-the-go and sit-down lives has been around for a long while with Google Voice, Skype, Continuity and now, even AT&T (and T-Mobile and Sprint) providing convergence services for messaging and phone calls. The almighty SIM isn’t as almighty as it once was but, in the age of data, it’s still a keystone to what we do on our smartphones.
It’s here that we notice that Windows Phone, soon to be Windows 10 Mobile, has been lacking such a solution. It’s not going to be the case anymore as Cortana will soon officially bring over SMS and [...]
No, I’m not talking about their sound. I mean, sure, developers can definitely help relating voice assistants’ with the average user by fine-tuning their voices to sound like people and not cyborgs. I think, though, that they should retain some robotic quality so that users clearly know what they’re interacting with as opposed to who.
How Google Now, Siri, Cortana, or any other voice service interacts with you is more important. Important to you, the person who wants data from the internet. It’s most important to the companies behind the services which [...]
Hound is SoundHound’s new voice assistant to compete with the likes of Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. It, like the others, can launch apps, run search queries, identify songs, and more, but one thing that’s caught wide attention for this service is its ability to process complex, multi-part queries in a manner similar to Wolfram Alpha. Questions like “What is the population and capital for Japan and China?” work without a hitch, and very quickly at that.
But rarely will most people ask a voice assistant such complicated questions. Instead, most people use [...]
Nearly every member of the Pocketnow team uses digital personal assistants in some way. Whether it’s Google Now, Siri, or Cortana, these systems offer voice commands, as well as personalized recommendations based on contextual information like location or emails. But while each service has its own unique features that set it apart from the others, none of them offer the same kind of fully fledged, natural language-based voice interface found on services like Wolfram Alpha.
SoundHound recently demoed a new product, simply called Hound, that seems to offer similar [...]