I hopped on by to the Windows Phone blogs over at windows.com and stumbled across a post by Michael Stroh about a new voice-activated personal assistant for Windows Phone 8. Now alarm bells might be ringing to all you iOS lovers out there. “Oh my god… another Siri rip-off”. Well in fact after playing with Maluuba and already having a little play with Siri, I must say that I am very impressed with Maluuba and it has a lot more to it than just voice commands.
Maluuba has the ability to do a multitude of tasks via voice commands, as well as linking into your phones Outlook calendar to display all of your meetings on a timeline day with a time indicator to tell you what meeting/task you are supposed to be doing at the moment.
You also seem to have the ability to search for businesses, events, general knowledge questions, search for movie times, ask to play music, get navigation to places, command to search certain search engines, ask about the weather, create alarms, calendar events and reminders, call contacts, bring up contact information, email, text, and a lot more!
One great feature is that the Maluuba application speaks back to you as you ask questions rather than just displaying results.
You can also just go straight into categories in the “Explore” tab to get information straight away without having to ask a question. This application basically integrates Local Scout, Music, Yelp, Weather, Maps, Web Search, Outlook and the basic functionalities of a mobile phone into one beautifully designed application.
The app also has its own little music player! It shows album art and your entire phone library.
You can even search to buy things online!
Unfortunately as I have tried, Maluuba doesn’t tie in to just pressing and holding the home button to start asking and you have to physically enter the application, but that doesn’t bother me all that much. Although it may seem a novelty for now, I’m sure that I will find great use for this application.
I would definitely recommend Windows Phone 8 users to take a look into the Maluuba application. I believe you can also get it on Android too so feel free to download it for your Android device also! Even if you don’t end up using it, its a great little FREE application to play with.
You can download the app for free now from the Windows Phone marketplace.