Watch voice assistant Hound crush Siri, Google Now and Cortana

Watch voice assistant Hound crush Siri, Google Now and Cortana
We first got a whiff of the new kid on the block of voice-activated virtual butlers - Hound - last week, and it has been surprising us with quality ever since.

Unlike Siri or the other integrated options, Hound doesn't split the audio speech recognition from the language processing part, which makes it incredibly fast in processing and replying to your spoken query. If you don't believe us, just watch the video demo below, where the beta gets compared to Siri, Google Now and Cortana. 

That is not all there is to it, though - unlike the highly structured, overly robotic nature of questions you can ask Siri or Google Now, Hound deals with much more complex queries, resembling natural language. You can ask it, for example, to show you hotels in the city you are traveling to, then dish out requests like "but only single rooms with sea view," and add "for less than $200 a night," now that you thought of your budget.

SoundHound CEO mentioned they are not worried about the competition much, as the company's years in audio processing expertise built around song recognition will keep it abreast any startup that dares to challenge Hound's abilities. Judging from the comparison below, he has every right to be so confident.

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17 Comments

1. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Competition is great so siri now and cortana need to up their game as they have been humbled well done soundhound where can I download it?

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Currently, its only on Android and in beta And you have to ask for an activation code from their website I received my code after about 3 hours, not sure if they are still giving them away Also you can't install it from the Play Store if your outside of the US But you can download an apk of Android Police's APKMirror website BTW I wouldn't say it crushes the competition There are several areas its better, but there's also many areas its lacking (but I guess that's expect since its so new and still in beta)

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good to see that they are even better than Google Now which is my current daily driver. I am so lazy that i use Google Now for almost everything. Search, SMS, play music.

11. waddup121 unregistered

Hound will crush this!

3. Fellwalker

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Ok we get it. Hound has been programmed to retain the last query and use a question that starts "and" to link back to it. The others haven't. I can't remember ever having asked a question, even typed one, where I've next said "and..." The core answers are pretty similar across the apps, with only Google giving me the pronunciation of a Spanish translation.

7. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

it's true

8. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

If you ask Google Now "What's good morning in Spanish" and then follow up with "And in Dutch" it will give you the correct answer. Google Now mistakenly thought he said "Aunt in Dutch". I also tried the Dubai question and when you follow up with "And in December" it will give you average temperatures in February.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Now ask them all to locate your kids (and show them on the map). Ask them to call someone. Then ask them to text, review it, change the text, and finally send it - all with one push. Then ask them to change map from night mode to day mode. Ask them to find an email from [name]. Press home bottom and say "send email to bob, can we get another quote [period] and can you include price for kitchen cabients [question mark]" and see what happens. Can hound give you navigation, can it learn where you live/work/friends house? Ooh, ask them to search Bing (not Google) for something (bing returns better images more often than Google) Oh what about: ask them to "remind me to drop off mail when I leave home" or "remind me to pick up paint when I'm at the Home Depot". Or remind me to call my wife in 3 hours. Or even better cortana can remind you something when certain someone calls - bet ya hound can't do that. All I see is videos of hound pulling info from the web (basically a very quick and good search bot) but with functions of the big three - hound cannot be considered a voice "assistant" just a search tool. Don't fet me wrong - I'm freaken impressed. But ask them to do something more than trivia question and I bet you'll find this "assistant" a bit limited. As hound "call my mom" at least Siri will ask who your mom is and actually remember that. Siri and cortana has a depository of info you can teach her about yourself, your business, places you frequent, and associations and all of their phone numbers, addresses, home, work, fun, etc locations. And another note: Siri sounds like a human being and responses are always different with a tone of sarcasm, comedy, and certain humanity, the other big two also sound more human - hound needs an upgrade - it sounds like when Siri in her early beta state. Come on - it's 2015.

6. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think you should use the product first before of comment on what it can and can not do. I have the beta app on my phone and it can in fact do most of the things you have in your post.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm not judging it - it's really good and I already said that, but from all the videos I've seen all they ask is trivia questions - how about you make a video asking hound all the things above you claim it does. There's searching the web for info and then there's actually do functions. I rarely use Siri to "google something" I use Siri to make reminders. Navigate, call, text, email, locate people, change/toggle phone settings, finds apps in App Store. Send iTunes gift cards: you know - functions. Not just " what's the weather in Dubai... And in March". You said you tried and it does most of the things I listed: well which ones and I'm curious how it responds. Tell hound to locate your friend Tom or w/e. Tell hound to remind you to get milk when you arrive at your grocery store. Then try asking the same thing in Spanish or Russian and see if hound understands. --- let me know how it goes. Thanks.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Siri is the most robotic sounding one, by a longshot.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

You're probably talking about when Siri was a beta. - you should ask for something now. Google Now in the other hand, sounds like she got two peas stuck in her nose.

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Had tried few day ago, in term of speed it blow away Apple Siri, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana and BlackBerry Assistant, however in term of showing information it still has a room to improve, since it is still in beta, hope they will keep improving it.

10. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

It would help if he could actually speak English better. Would have helped Google Now. Siri and Cortana have no hope. I foresee Apple buying Hound out to have them write code for them. That's about the most innovative you'll see Apple being anyway; buying people out who do things better than them.

14. Dattack

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

His English was fine, a little accent but that definitely wasn't that bad.

13. material

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Poor Cortana! Hound is in Beta but its good. I tried it, it worked when it worked but had issues understanding my english.

17. leeTronix

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

His English accent is terrible I know its not his language but it was dire.

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