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Maluuba: voice-controlled personal assistant app for Android

The iPhone’s voice controlled Siri has been a big hit, but not everyone is a fan, yet still wants a voice-controlled personal assistant. Enter Maluuba.



A unique alternative to Siri

Siri has seemingly taken the modern world by storm. Who couldn’t use a personal assistant right from their phone? But if you asked, you’d probably find a large group passionate about Siri and those equally dispassionate. If you’re looking for an alternative to Siri, take a look at Maluuba, a voice-controlled personal assistant app. While it competes with Siri, Maluuba has a few unique features that might shift your app allegiance.

Maluuba first began at the University of Waterloo in 2010 as a research project. The whole focus of this research project was to have an electronic personal assistant that actually understood natural language rather than a list of keywords that a user would have to memorize to properly work the app. They wanted to build something intuitive, streamlined, and useful to the masses. They succeeded.

According to Maluuba’s website, “Maluuba is the natural evolution of search. It helps you find exactly what you want, helps you organize life, and lets you share interesting results with your friends. No more filtering through web search results, figuring out what keywords to say, or deciding which app on your phone to open – just speak to Maluuba and it’ll give you exactly what you want. Maluuba is a ‘do-engine’ – it gets things done.”

Here comes the unique part…

Maluuba prides itself on its user interface. They understand that using your voice to control or guide Maluuba might not always be convenient—say, if you’re in a business meeting. That’s why you can also use the Maluuba app through touch.

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Maluuba is a voice and touch-controlled search engine, but it also keeps track of your personal or professional calendar and keeps you connected with your friends or coworkers on all the popular social networking sites. You can search for movie times and ratings, weather forecasts, and even locating a business. It’s a social network connector, calendar, and search engine, all in one convenient app.

Information is king

Another benefit of using Maluuba is that it provides you with the information you need and none of the extra fillers. Information is king and they won’t have anything there just for decoration or distraction. This allows you to get the information you need quickly and without confusion or frustration.

Maluuba is simple, innovative, and intuitive. It lets you speak naturally and still get the information you’ve requested. And perhaps the best part of it all is that it’s free. That means there are no risks. Try it out and see if it could replace your current voice-controlled personal assistant.

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The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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