SoundHound Unveils Hound Voice Recognition Platform

The Hound voice recognition platform will support complex sentences and search criteria in an attempt to overtake Siri, others.

SoundHound, maker of the popular music identification app, has unveiled Hound, its app combining voice recognition with search technologies. Available on Android to start, Hound was designed to become a user’s “go-to app” for everything from checking the weather or the stock market, to placing a phone call, to playing voice-enabled games.

Hound looks to outperform other voice services by combining voice recognition and natural language understanding in real-time to deliver faster and more accurate results than those previously available with other services.

Hound is now available in private beta for Android, and is coming soon to iOS. The platform will launch with a series of “domains,” with general Web search considered a single domain. Other domains include tasks and searches based on navigation, local search, weather, stocks, hotels, flight statuses, time zones, geography, news, photo and video search, mortgage calculation, currency conversion and many others.

Hound will evolve with additional topics going forward, thanks to SoundHound’s new developer platform, Houndify. In addition, the Houndify platform will allow developers to utilize SoundHound’s Speech-to-Meaning technology and create voice-enabled experiences in their own apps.

Among Hound’s launch partners is Expedia, which will allow users to search for hotels based on specific criteria and/or location, using long, complex sentences the platform can understand. SoundHound provided an example search command: “Show me pet-friendly hotels near the Golden Gate Bridge, with three or more stars under $200, excluding bed and breakfast.”

In a statement, Keyvan Mohajer, CEO and founder of SoundHound, commented on Hound:

Hound will redefine the way we interact with devices, information and services. We believe in a world where we speak to the things around us just as we speak to each other, and we have worked tirelessly for nearly a decade to create the technology that realizes this vision.

Users interested in joining the Android beta are encouraged to download Hound and request an invitation.