Reviewed in Essential Apps
P.S: Before installing please note the app needs a beta code after installation. You can request for code within the app. I got my code in 6+ hours. The app is a digital assistant that is the closest one to match Siri.It'll do majority of task you'll ask it to do. Cannot give an in depth review since I got to spend only 15-20 min trying to understand the app. Will provide an update later on.
Reviewed in Android app of the day
App of the day Hound is the personal assistant app from SoundHound that’s been in beta since its initial announcement last year. It has come out of beta and is now available to everyone without an invite. This personal assistant features a quirky side that likes to tell jokes and play games and you can also use one of the many voice commands to do things like get an Uber driver, check out weather, check reviews of a restaurant, and many, many more. It’s a good third party personal assistant and worth a shot.
Hound is the best way to search using your voice. Hound is different:
• Extremely fast responses
• You speak naturally, no need to learn special keyword phrases
• Follow-up to filter, sort, or add more information to your query so you can be specific
The fastest and easiest way to get the information, entertainment, and communication services you want, Hound is built for your busy life, allowing you to get what you need and move on.
You can use it hands-free by saying, "Ok Hound…”
• Weather + Temperature
- “What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow at 6pm?
- “How about the temperature in Hawaii during August?”
• Local Search + Yelp Restaurants
- Ask for restaurants, fast food places, coffee shops, stores, and be as specific as you’d like
- You can even exclude places or grub that you don’t want, such as food types
- “Show Restaurants within 10 miles except for Chinese”
• Navigation (GPS) + Directions
- Ask for a destination and to navigate there seamlessly
- Get the best directions taking traffic into consideration
- “Show me directions to the nearest Starbucks”
• Hotel Search + Expedia booking
- Be specific on travel options
- “Show hotels in Seattle that are pet-friendly, have a gym, and cost less than $275”
- Get fare estimates incl. surge pricing & journey time for your trip
- Speak your destination and book your Uber, all hands-free
• Make phone calls and send text messages - handsfree personal assistant
• Web search - say 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?”
• Converter - instant access to unit conversion for temperature, metrics, mass, volume, etc.
“What is 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Celsius?”
• Alarm and timer - set multiple alarms and timers at once
"Set a timer for 10 minutes and 20 minutes"
"Set a timer to take out the chicken in 40 minutes"
"Set an alarm for 6am and 7am every weekday"
• And more: Video search, News search, Photo & Image search, Stock Prices, Flight status, Date and Time, Alarm and Timer, Music search including "SoundHound Now" feature - activate a music recognition search or a Sing or Hum search, Mortgage Calculator, Tip Calculator, Currency Converter, Unit Converter, Word and phrase translation, Wikipedia, Dictionary, Play interactive games…and more coming soon!
Partners include: Accuweather, Bing Search, Expedia, Uber, Yelp & more
**** Praise for Hound ****
“Hound takes voice search to the next level.” - Wall Street Journal
“SoundHound Inc. just developed a crazy-powerful personal assistant.” - WIRED
“SoundHound Inc.’s new voice search app makes [other virtual assistants] look slow.” - The Verge
End User Agreement
Explanation of Requested Permissions
Add or access calendar events
Find and access contact accounts
FINE (GPS) LOCATION, COARSE (NETWORK-BASED) LOCATION
Used to enhance location based search results
Access and send SMS messages to contacts
READ PHONE STATE AND IDENTITY
Access phone numbers and identity to make calls
MODIFY/DELETE STORAGE CONTENTS
Read, modify, or delete the contents of your USB storage to cache data
Used to record audio for music and voice search
Enables pairing of devices through Bluetooth
Keeps screen active while searching
VIEW WI-FI STATE
Used to allow usage through WI-FI
DEVICE ID & CALL INFORMATION
Read phone status and identity
Used to detect when internet access is available
READ SYNC SETTINGS
To toggle background data or auto-sync