SoundHound Inc. Launches New Houndify Voice Platform Partnerships With Uber and Yelp

The Most Advanced Natural Language Voice Platform Enables Developers to Build Intelligent, Conversational Interfaces to Connected Devices, Apps, and the Internet of Things

Add a Voice Enabled Conversational Interface to Anything (Photo: Business Wire)

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--SoundHound Inc., the leading innovator in sound recognition and voice search technologies, today announced new partnerships for Houndify, its voice-enabling developer platform, furthering the company’s mission to “Houndify everything.” Data from Uber and Yelp will now be accessible by developers using the Houndify platform, to provide users with the information and actions they want.

Houndify launched in December, after a decade of research and development, and enables developers to revolutionize their products and services by adding voice-enabled conversational intelligence to any app or product. Houndify is already featured in SoundHound Inc.’s mobile apps, Hound and SoundHound, making them hands-free and voice interface enabled. In addition, more than 15,000 partners have registered to use the Houndify platform for their products, including NVIDIA, Samsung and more. Houndify provides software development kits (SDKs) across all major operating systems and platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows, Unix, and Raspberry Pi, giving unparalleled speed-to-market and the ability to scale, and includes an ever-expanding set of domains, which are programs that provide users with relevant information or actions related to their queries.

“We’re thrilled to include partners like Uber and Yelp in our Houndify platform, which gives developers unprecedented abilities to add a natural, conversational voice interface to anything,” said Keyvan Mohajer, co-founder/CEO of SoundHound Inc. “Now Houndify developers have the tools to create experiences that enable voice interfaces for finding the best restaurant and booking an Uber to get there.”

The Uber domain is now accessible for all developers using Houndify, and enables them to access Uber data and initiate booking. This enables developers to incorporate Uber ride requests into their own product experiences, as seen in the Hound app, including asking fare and distance information, hands-free.

“I'm a huge believer in voice interfaces, so it's exciting to have Uber capabilities baked into the Houndify platform. I can’t wait to see how developers use this in their apps” said Chris Saad, Head of Product, Uber Developer Platform.

Yelp announced the Houndify partnership as part of its new Yelp Fusion developer program, which includes more tools for developers to build with the new Yelp Fusion API and Yelp data, plus a revamped developer portal. With the Yelp domain now live and publicly accessible within the Houndify platform, developers can easily access Yelp data and create rich voice-enabled experiences for local search.

"We're excited to expand our partnership with SoundHound and bring Houndify on as a Yelp Fusion developer partner," Chad Richard, SVP Business & Corporate Development, Yelp. "By integrating the Yelp Fusion API into Houndify, developers can not only build amazing conversational interfaces into their products, but they'll also have the best local data available. This partnership helps us further Yelp's mission of making local content and data accessible to consumers in more places and encouraging innovation in the developer world."

SoundHound Inc. shows the power of the Houndify platform’s capabilities, including the first-ever voice-controlled implementations of Yelp and Uber services in the Hound voice search and assistant app. Developers seeking to Houndify their products and services can access domains provided by SoundHound Inc. and from the following partners:

  • Yelp: local business information, including restaurants and more
  • Uber: find out ride prices and book a car
  • Expedia.com: hotel, flight and vacation booking data
  • AccuWeather: local weather information and forecasts
  • Sportradar: pre-match, live and post-match data for more than 50 sports
  • Xignite: deep stock market information
  • FlightStats: real-time flight data and airport information
  • Open Exchange Rates: real-time currency exchange rates

Developers interested in exploring the Houndify platform can visit Houndify.com to learn more and register. The Hound voice search and assistant app is available as a free iOS or Android app, and can be downloaded via SoundHound.com/Hound.

About SoundHound Inc.:

SoundHound Inc. turns sound into understanding and actionable meaning. We believe in enabling humans to interact with the things around them in the same way we interact with each other: by speaking naturally to mobile phones, cars, TVs, music speakers, and every other part of the emerging ‘connected’ world. Our consumer product, Hound, leverages our Speech-to-Meaning technology to showcase a groundbreaking smartphone experience, and is the first product to leverage and showcase the Houndify platform. Our SoundHound product applies our technology to music, enabling people to discover, explore, and share the music around them, and even find the name of that song stuck in their heads by singing or humming. Through the Houndify platform, we empower developers to be part of the Speech-to-Meaning revolution. Our Mission: Houndify everything.

Contacts

Moxie Communications Group
Alyssa Galella, 562-294-6261
pr@soundhound.com

Contacts

Moxie Communications Group
Alyssa Galella, 562-294-6261
pr@soundhound.com