SoundHound's Hound virtual assistant launches on iPhone

SoundHound, known for its music recognition app, has launched Hound, a dedicated, voice-powered virtual assistant. Like Siri, Hound offers a wide range of capabilities, and can get you weather reports, get directions, find restaurants, and more. Hound can also be asked to refine the results it gives you, letting you sort, filter, or add parameters to your search.

These are the capabilities you'll find in Hound:

  • Weather + Temperature
    • "What's the weather going to be like tomorrow at 6pm?
    • "How about in Hawaii during August?"
  • Local Search + Yelp Restaurants
    • Ask for restaurants, coffee shops, stores, and be as specific as you'd like.
    • You can even exclude places that you don't want.
    • "Show Restaurants within 10 miles except for Chinese"
  • Navigation (GPS) + Directions
    • Ask for a destination and navigate there seamlessly
    • "Show me directions to the nearest Starbucks"
  • Hotel Search + Expedia booking
    • Be specific
    • "Show hotels in Seattle that are pet-friendly, have a gym, and cost less than $275"
  • Uber
    • Get fare estimates, journey time, speak your destination and book, all hands-free
  • Make phone calls and send text messages - hands-free
  • Web searches - speak what you're looking for instead of typing
  • Calculator - easily make quick calculations through voice commands
    • "What is the square root of 16 minus the square root of 9?"

Hound can also help you check your flight status, set alarms and timers, and more. You can grab Hound from the App Store now.

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