Maluuba has released on Wednesday a Siri-like voice-enabled “do-engine” for Android-powered devices worldwide.
A do engine, according to the company, allows users to talk to smartphones and receive answers to requests with accuracy.
Maluuba is the natural evolution of search, which provides users direct results rather than a slew of web links delivered by search engines.
For example, users can ask if it will rain tomorrow and Maluuba understands they wish to receive tomorrow’s weather forecast for a particular location.
Moreover, Maluuba schedules appointments, places calls, finds businesses and restaurants, sets reminders, Tweet messages and more.
Users can interact with Maluuba through touch if the condition restricts them from immediate access to their phones, especially during meetings.
With its rich organization tools accessible via voice and touch and its effective presentation, Maluuba keeps people organized: day view displays alarms, meetings, and reminders users have for a particular day and results can be added to a user’s calendar.
For example, if users find a concert they want to watch, they can easily schedule it into their calendar and even invite friends to events by email, including details about the concert.
“Since our North American launch last month, users all around the world have been excited and have been asking to use Maluuba in their countries,” said Sam Pasupalak, CEO of Maluuba.
“We are releasing a limited international beta version for people everywhere. Although some services like restaurants, movies, and events might not be available in all countries, it gives users a sense of what the future of search is intended to be like. Gradually, we will add custom language models and services for countries all over the world.”
Maluuba is a free Android app for users living in United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and Ireland and downloadable via the Google Play Store at Maluuba Domestic and for other countries at Maluuba International.
Services currently offered by Maluuba differ from country to country and designed for English speakers.
Maluuba is a start-up that developed from a research project at the University of Waterloo.
The Maluuba language engine is a product of two years of advanced research in artificial intelligence, machine learning and linguistics.
Maluuba received $2 million from Samsung Ventures in early 2012 and plans to raise further investment to expand into new domains of search.