Hound the personal Voice Search & Assistant, has officially been launched for Android devices.
The app from the renowned service SoundHound was released to users in the U.S, in an invite-only beta, in June 2015.
It’s still actually only available in the U.S, but we managed to get hold of the app from APK Mirror, and gave it a whirl. Hound is voiced by a robotic assistant, with a sassy attitude. Though the app is U.S centric, it could still deliver the local weather or news, and was able to understand every word I spoke, and the search displayed relevant results.
The tutorial was a bit annoying length-wise, but it does point out the fact that Hound is very intelligent, and can detect long search terms accurately.
I even asked Hound questions like “Hound, Why Hound”, “Why Hound”, and I repeated it many times to which it replied with one of the following answers: Because, Just Because, Because I said so. Because that’s the way it is. Cheeky humour, eh?
Oh, and yes I did question Hound about Google Now and Siri, and this was the reply I got.
Hound vs Google vs Siri ? I doubt the others can match this level of quality of speech recognition. And because it is from a music search website. Hound can even play music directly. (I asked it “Can you play some music?”)
Download Hound from the Google Play Store:
[appbox googleplay com.hound.android.app]
Tip: You can enable the wake phrase “Ok Hound” from the app’s settings, to enable true voice search (without tapping the button.)
If you’re not from the U.S, you can download the Hound APK and side load it.