May 26, 2011
SoundHound Launches 'Hound' Voice Recognition App for Improved IVR
By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor
SoundHound has just unveiled a brand spanking new voice recognition app, entitled ‘Hound.’ iPhone (News - Alert) users don’t get too excited however, because as of right now the free app can only work Android-based devices.
SoundHound is a mobile media company that is heavily focused on creating new, innovative technology. This app can quickly recognize songs either played or sung at close range, and then will offer the user information about the songs and how and where they can buy them.
“We want to focus on what will be a revolution in user habits over the next decade,” said SoundHound vice president Katie McMahon in a statement, adding that she forecasts voice-based commands will replace touchscreens as the primary way to utilize mobile media devices in the not-too-distant future.
Hound, McMahon commented, is the next big step in the company’s efforts to widen its voice-based search capabilities. While Hound at the current time can only identify songs by band, title or album, “(the) road map is based on being very smart to leverage what users are doing,” she said. The company’s master plan is to push into other categories in the future.
This app sounds really cool, but how well does it actually work? According to a recent review from Appolicious Android (News - Alert) Apps, a search for “Bob Dylan, Forever Young” took quite a while for any results to show up, but in the majority of searches the app worked fast and gave accurate results.
“The search landing page looks and feels very much like that found in the existing SoundHound app, which also happens to carry much of the same spoken word functionality. The bigger test will be how well SoundHound expands its capabilities outside of music discovery,” the reviewer stated.
Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Juliana Kenny
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